ADFIAP, lead partner of the EU-funded SWITCH Asia project, “Asian Cleantech MSME Financing Network (ACMFN)”, held its annual project planning and budget workshop on December 13-14, 2017 in Mumbai, India together with its partners, Germany’s adelphi GmbH, China Electronic Energy-saving Technologies Association (CEESTA), Indonesia’s Perkumpulan Untuk Peningkatan Usaha Kecil (PUPUK – The Association for Advancement of Small Business) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).
ACMFN http://www.acmfn.com is a 4-year project which aims to build and leverage a cleantech financing eco-system to spark improved access to finance for Asian cleantech MSMEs in order to enhance sustainable consumption and production patterns in Asia. Cleantech refers to products, services and processes that reduce or eliminate negative ecological inputs, improve the productive and responsible use of natural resource,s and provide superior performance at lower cost.
The planning workshop started with a prototype development activity wherein challenges faced by each national focal point (NFP) classified into: (1) ecosystem-building, (2) engaging cleantech financiers, and (3) cleantech pipeline development were reviewed and potential solutions and intervention designs were discussed to help achieve the overall project goals at the country level. The NFPs shared their experiences and best practices on their project implementation schemes, including the presentation of the prototypes on successful strategies and activities which can be replicated.
The prototype workshop was followed by the review of the country strategies and logframes as well as presentations of the achievements for 2017 and action plans for 2018. The proposed budgets of each country to support their 2018 action plans were also presented and deliberated upon.
The workshop was capped by a meeting of the Steering Committee (SC) composed of all the project partners, with the proceedings summarized and the next steps agreed upon.
ADFIAP was represented by Senior Project Manager Vic Abainza, Ms. Cora Conde, Senior Project Manager and Country Manager for India, Atty. Alberto Reyno, Country Manager for China, Ms. Cecilia Ibarra, Country Manager for Indonesia and Ms. Carmen Cintura, ACMFN Finance Officer. CEESTA was represented by its Project Manager, Mr. Walter Ge; PUPUK by Mr. Cecep Jaelani and Mr. Kristanto Budi Nugroho, Senior Project Manager and Project Manager respectively; CII by Mr. Kiran Ananth, Senior Project Manager, Mr.MuraliKrishnan, Project Manager, Akshay Koul and Nisha Jayaram; and adelphi by Mr. Mirko Zuerker .