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The Philippines is the gateway to the ever flourishing markets of the ASEAN nations. Within four hours flying time from the Philippines you can reach the major capitals in the region. In 2015, the Netherlands had surpassed Japan, the US and South Korea to become the largest contributor to approved foreign direct investment in the Philippines. Other excellent reasons to explore the Philippines are: quality manpower and resources, a developing infrastructure for regional growth, a hospitable lifestyle and world-class tourism to name a few.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is a regional development bank with the goal to reduce poverty in the Asia-Pacific region. It does so by providing loans, grants and technical assistance to public projects and programs in its developing member countries (DMCs). Established in 1966 with 31 original member countries – including the Netherlands – the ADB has grown to 67 member countries today. Of these, 48 are located within the Asia-Pacific region and all of its member countries are shareholders of the Bank. The ADB is headquartered in Manila and currently has 31 resident missions located in its member countries.
The Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) promote capacity building by providing training and education for professionals. The NFP II is initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation. Nuffic is responsible for the management of the NFP.