Australian Embassy
The Philippines

MR090306- Australian Consulting Services Business Mission in Manila


Thirty six delegates from 23 Australian companies are meeting with international financial institutions in Manila this week (4-6 March) to discuss possible joint venture opportunities in the region.

Australian Ambassador Rod Smith said the visiting Australian Consulting Services Delegation was meeting with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and World Bank (Philippines) to promote their capabilities in managing infrastructure and financial sector projects.

“Australian consulting companies with experience in various fields are here to promote their services to bank officials, implementing agencies and potential local partner consultants," Ambassador Smith said.

“Australia is a well known provider of high quality consulting services to development projects funded by the ADB and World Bank. In recent years, Australian companies have successfully implemented a wide range of initiatives in the areas of education, infrastructure and governance sectors across the Asia Pacific Region.

“Australian companies are globally recognised for providing innovative solutions which contribute to sustainable development,” Ambassador Smith said.

Companies showcasing their achievements include one of the world’s leading engineering and architecture companies, GHD Pty Ltd; transport consultancy firm, ARRB Group Ltd; Australia’s largest commercialisation company, UniQuest Pty Limited; and international development consulting company, IDSS Pty Ltd. The mission, organised by the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), also includes North Queensland firm, Tropical Expertise Group, who will showcase its research in tropical agriculture, horticulture, aquatic resources and sustainable management.

In 2007, the ADB awarded technical assistance projects to Australian consultants worth US$32.32 million. Australian companies received more than US$22 million worth of consultancy services contracts from the World Bank from 2005-2007.