Trade Mission to Manila on Aid-Funded Business

The Business Opportunities Fair (BOF) is an annual platform for consultants, contractors, and suppliers wanting to do business on Asia Development Bank (ADB)-funded projects across Asia Pacific. It is an excellent event to gain updates on the ADB’s procurement processes, priority areas of operation, and project pipelines. This will also provide an excellent opportunity to network not only with peers in the industry and potential consortium partners, but also with ADB specialists.

Metro Manila

 metro manila Philippines 

The BOF is a multi-sector event, but this mission will place a particular emphasis on DIT’s priority sectors of infrastructure (transport, water, urban and rural development), energy (renewables, environment and climate change), and education and skills.

You may access the BOF’s indicated programme here. Interested parties are required to register directly through the ADB’s event page by 11 February here.

Mission Programme

The DIT mission programme will include attendance at ADB BOF sessions, a UK networking reception with ADB and regional stakeholders, a possible side-event with the World Bank. If earlier advised, DIT can also support the arrangement of one-to-one meetings.

By the end of the mission, participants will have had first hand knowledge and better understanding of the advantages of aid-funded business and how to access such opportunities, learned best strategic positioning for project bids and proposals, and widened their network of prospective business partners in the region.

For potential delegates coming from the UK, the week would look like so (working programme as of 18/01/18):

Date Agenda
12 March (Monday) Depart London for Manila
13 March (Tuesday) (afternoon) Arrive in Manila
1830h-1900h UK Mission Briefing
(venue TBC)
14 March (Wednesday) (morning) ADB Business Opportunities Fair (Day 1)
1215h-1400h UK Mission to the ADB Networking Reception
Venue: Executive Dining Room Lounge, Asian Development Bank, Ortigas Centre
(afternoon) ADB Business Opportunities Fair (Day 1)
(evening) ADB Networking Cocktails
15 March (Thursday) ADB Business Opportunities Fair (Day 2)
1500h-1600h World Bank Country Office visit (TBC)
Venue: 26/F One Global Place, 25th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City
16 March (Friday) One-on-one meetings (optional)
Depart Manila for London



Successfully doing business with the ADB requires an established track record in relevant sector activity; regional knowledge and contacts; and the ability to deploy expertise to the region over a period of time.

This mission is best-suited for UK companies that: (a) have experience in donor-funded contracts and wish to expand this with the ADB; (b) have experience and operations in Asia Pacific who wish to expand this by exploring aid-funded business; and/or (c) have case studies of success in areas relevant to ADB operations which are replicable to the region.

Next Steps

Eligible companies should express their interest with Victoria Sibal: Official joining instructions and mission details will be sent upon expression of interest to participate. Deadline for mission registration is 5 February 20

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