8th ADB Business Opportunities Fair 2017

Event | 22 - 23 March 2017 ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines

Background

The ADB Business Opportunities Fair (BOF) is a one-stop forum for consultants, contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers looking to provide goods and services for ADB projects. It has proven to be an excellent opportunity to network not only with peers in the industry, but also with ADB specialists in the agriculture, environment, energy, public management, finance, transport, water, urban development, health, and education sectors.

Registration

Register now to attend the event. Late registration will be accommodated until 12 March 2017, Sunday, by midnight Manila time (GMT+8).  Please note that individuals who registered late and after the original deadline of 19 February 2017 will not receive BOF 2017 pre-event documents nor any further communication from ADB.

One-on-one meetings

Sector and project processing experts from project departments of ADB will be available to meet with participants. There will be an appointments desk at the BOF with staff who can assist with on-the-spot requests for one-on-one meetings with sector experts, subject to their availability.

Procurement experts of ADB will be available on days 1 and 2 to meet with participants on a first come, first served basis. There will also be an appointments desk at the BOF with staff who can schedule one-on-one meetings with procurement specialists from ADB's Operations Services and Financial Management Department.

Networking among participants

Participants are invited to utilize the following ADB networking groups within the LinkedIn platform to communicate with other relevant professionals and prospective BOF participants.

A participants’ networking lounge will be available to participants over the 2-day duration of the BOF. This provides a venue for participants to meet among themselves for face-to-face introductions, information exchange, and to explore possible areas of cooperation.

Objectives

During the event, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet with ADB staff in procurement, consulting, project management and related operations;
  • Meet with ADB sector specialists;
  • Network with other consulting firms and suppliers in donor and developing countries;
  • Hear presentations on how to qualify for ADB-financed contracts;
  • Discover what business opportunities are available, and where.

At the end of the event, participants will have:

  • Discovered the advantages of ADB-financed contracts
  • Received an inside look at ADB's policies and procedures for the procurement of goods and works, and the recruitment of consultants
  • Learned how to locate business opportunities
  • Learned the best ways to prepare responsive bids and proposals
  • Received first-hand information on contracting opportunities by sector currently available under ongoing ADB-financed projects, and upcoming ADB pipeline projects
  • Explored areas of cooperation with other BOF participants

Expected outputs

The BOF hopes to attract the most talented professionals, and help them qualify for ADB projects. This increasing pool of highly-competent bidders ensures the success of ADB projects.

Target participants

From ADB member countries

  • Consultants and consulting firms
  • Civil works contractors
  • Manufacturers
  • Suppliers/traders
  • NGOs and civil society organizations
  • Government officials
  • Embassy/trade commissioners
  • Think tanks, academia, institutes, and centers of excellence

Resource speakers

ADB procurement and regional sector specialists will be speaking on general requirements for doing business with the ADB; applicable ADB policies and procedures for procurement of goods and works; and ongoing and upcoming business opportunities.

The regional sector specialists will discuss ADB's loan, technical assistance, and grant pipelines in the agriculture, environment, energy, public management, finance, transport, water, urban development, health, and education sectors as well as in the thematic areas of climate change, public-private partnerships, and private sector operations.

Specialists on ADB and civil society participation will present a dedicated session for NGOs wishing to learn more about ADB business opportunities.

Costs

While attendance to the event is free, ADB does not cover travel and travel related costs and arrangements (i.e., return airfare, hotel accommodation, daily subsistence, ground transport, and appropriate visa, if required) attendant to their participation in the BOF in Manila, Philippines.

Event organizer

Clarisse SANTOS (Ms)Consultant (Logistics Administrator and BOF Secretariat)Business Opportunities Outreach Initiatives (RETA-7517)  Tel +632 6324444 (Ext 70563)  E-mail