Historic First: PH to make first contribution to ADB grant fund

Historic First: PH to make first contribution to ADB grant fund

Good news!!! A very much welcome change in the Philippine history with the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
In a historic first the Philippines has announced that it is making its first ever contribution to the grant fund Asian Development Bank (ADB) intended  for the must vulnerable and least developed members of the country based fund.

The historic first will be announced in the pledging session to be held on the sidelines of the ADB's 53rd Annual Meeting set in May this year in Incheon City in South Korea, Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez said in a statement.
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He said the country contributing to the ADB will prove beneficial to the country and the rest of the Asia-Pacific, given that the growth of least developed countries (LDCs) will provide the Philippines and the rest of the region with new potential markets to further bolster domestic economic expansion as well as regional growth.

The country's contribution to the  Asian Development Fund (ADF) comes at a crucial time when assistance from ADB's European partners may be possibly reduced, he said.
Since the Philippines' graduation from ADF assistance in 1999, the Philippines has yet to contribute to the replenishment of the Fund.

"Now, as we move to the upper middle-income status, the country is poised to extend help to the LDCs, including some of our neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the Pacific," Dominguez said, adding the Philippines is expected this year to rise to upper middle-income status ahead of schedule.
The ADB's ADF grant facility aims to promote poverty reduction and improvements in the quality of life of people in LDCs of the Asia-Pacific region.
As per its charter, it is specifically dedicated to support ADB's poorest and most vulnerable developing members.

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