The international community has a high regard for the Philippines’ AmBisyon Natin 2040 as a model for their own development and strategic planning, outgoing Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Richard Bolt said.
During his farewell reception held at the NEDA Central Office on Wednesday, Bolt highlighted AmBisyon Natin 2040 as a landmark initiative of the Philippines.
“Ambisyon Natin 2040 is an excellent piece of work and I have to say, as we look to other countries’ development planning, the Philippine model has been the one they look up to,” Bolt said.
He also applauded the government for supporting this long-term vision through the execution of Executive Order No. 5.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia expressed his appreciation to ADB Country Office, under the leadership of Bolt, for its support to the Philippine government in the past years.
“ADB has been a staunch supporter of the Filipino people’s dream through its unwavering support for AmBisyon Natin 2040, as well as for the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022,” the NEDA Official said.
Bolt also made notable contributions in the aftermath of Typhoon Yolanda and in efforts towards the rehabilitation of Marawi.
He was appointed Country Director on March 21, 2014.
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