New kid on the block: AIIB after 7 years of operation

AIIB conference

The Seven Year Itch – a good time to look back and ahead. Since the AIIB became operational in 2016, membership and lending have grown enormously. The AIIB is the first multilateral bank with major Chinese shareholding.

Where do we stand after 7 years of experience?

The bank advertises itself as more innovative than the World Bank and as able to create “sustainable infrastructure for tomorrow”. But how sustainable are the funded projects? How accountable? And where is the innovation? We want to debate these and other issues of relevance to both civil society organizations from Asia and European decision-makers.

Please register through this link:

You will get a confirmation of registration some days after you have registered. The conference is free of charge, meals and drinks will be provided. The organizers are not able to support travel or accommodation. In due time before the conference you will get the more detailed final program, which will also include logistical advice on how to reach the venue, some options for accommodation and some background papers.

Conference Program

9:00-9:30: Arrival, registration, coffee

9:30-9:40: Welcome and opening remarks (DIMR and Urgewald)

9:40-10:00: Innovation "made in China"? AIIB – where do you go? Keynote speech by Felix Lee (Journalist China.Table)

10:00-10:15: Where to position AIIB inside the MDB landscape? (Nora Sausmikat, Knud Vöcking (Urgewald))

10:15-10:30: Discussion

10:30-10:45: Accountability and PPM Review: Benchmarks and Human rights (Stephanie Amoako (Accountability Counsel))

10:45-11:00: Tell the truth: Reality check for the complaint mechanism (Hasan Mehedi (Clean))

11:00-11:15: Discussion

11:15-11:30: Coffee Break

11:30-11:40: AIIB Management: A statement by the AIIB-vice president Ludger Schuknecht

11:40-12:10: Q&A

12:10-12:20: AIIB and development: A case study on forced resettlement (Mira Kracke, Nora Sausmikat (Urgewald))

12:20-13:00: Discussion

13:00-14:30: Lunch break

14:30-16:00: Open Roundtable with shareholders

Finance Ministry, Executive Directors and CSOs

Fabrizio Costa (AIIB Euro Area EAC ED)

Camillo von Müller (AIIB Euro Area EAC alt. ED)

Cases from the region (Vidya Dinker, India, with Eang Vuthy, Cambodia)

16:00-16:15: Break

16:15-16:30: Energy strategy or Paris Alignment? (Aryanne de Ocampo, CEED)

16:30-17:15: Discussion

17:15-17:45: Accountability - effectiveness of complaint mechanisms (Prof. Arntraud Hartmann)

18:00-19:30: Parliamentary panel with German MPs

Bernhard Daldrup (SPD), Dr. Hermann-Josef Tebroke (CDU), Deborah Düring (B’90/Grüne), Till Mansmann (FDP)

Afterwards:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Drinks, snacks, opportunity to meet, greet and talk, interviews



The conference will be held in English. Only the parliamentary panel will be in German. Simultaneous translation will be provided for this part.
A film crew will document the conference and a video will be produced afterwards. We will respect every participant’s right to privacy. If you do not wish to appear in photographs or video recordings of the conference, please inform us of this at your earliest convenience.


Online participation via Zoom is possible:

20.09.2023 | 09:00am - 07:30pm
Dietrich-Bonhoeffer-Haus, Ziegelstraße 30, Berlin, Germany


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    Dr. Nora Sausmikat
    China Desk / Kampagnen zu multilateralen Finanzinstitutionen
    nora.sausmikat [at]
    +49 030 86329 22 32

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