ADFIAP and the Australian APEC Study Centre at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (AASC RMIT) sign a cooperation agreement on October 18, 2012 at the university’s premises in Melbourne to work jointly on financial system strengthening in member-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) involving development finance institutions (DFIs) and banks through institutional capacity-building, research and publication dissemination in the areas of financial inclusion, trade in services and green growth. Other aspects of the agreement include expert/resource person and conference venue exchanges between ADFIAP and AASC.
The agreement formalizes the work and partnership between the two institutions which started in 2011 when ADFIAP and AASC co-organized the successful “Regional Symposium on Best Practice Regulatory Principles Supporting MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) Access to Finance” in Manila with the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
The Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT http://www.apec.org.au/ is a leading centre in the Asia-Pacific region in terms of advocacy of APEC’s objectives of promoting open trade and investment, structural reform and regional integration through training programs, supporting institutional capacity building, symposia, dialogues and publications. It does this together with its component facility, the Melbourne APEC Finance Centre.