On invitation by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), ADFIAP, represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Octavio B. Peralta, made two separate presentations of the Association and its members’ sustainable development work and advocacies at the headquarters of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in Gauteng, South Africa and during the CEO Forum of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) DFI Network in Kasane, Botswana.
At the DBSA’s “Southern Africa – Asia-Pacific DFI Knowledge-sharing Workshop” held on June 5, 2012 and attended by about 30 senior officers of the Bank, Mr. Peralta briefed the participants on ADFIAP’s role, plans and programs on financing sustainable development through its members’ initiatives on green finance, micro, small and medium enterprise finance, financial inclusion and corporate governance. He also shared the current situation of DFIs in Asia and the Pacific premised on the rationale, evolution and lessons learned by DFIs in the region as well as presented case studies of what the Association members are presently undertaking in these development areas. This JICA-supported workshop, aimed to promote exchanges of knowledge and experiences between the two regions, also covered DBSA Development Planning Division’s Mr. David Monyae’s report on their team study mission in Japan and the Philippines last December (please see related news at this link: http://www.adfiap.org/news/adfiap-assists-jica-dbsa-study-mission-to-philippine-dfi-members/. Three more presentations made by Japan Economic Research Institute’s (JERI) Chief Consultant, Mr. Tsutomu Shibata, JICA’s Representative, Mr. Shigeo Honzu and JICA’s TICAD Advisor to DBSA, Mr. Tetsuya Fukunaga, highlighted the workshop which was ably chaired by Ms. Sherrine Panton-Ntshona, DBSA Executive Manager.
At the CEO Forum of the SADC DFI Network themed, “Development Finance Lessons from Asia”, held on June 7, 2012 at the Mowana Safari Lodge in Kasane, Botswana, Mr. Peralta, in addition to the presentation he made at DBSA, also briefed the 40 participants, mostly chief executive officers of DFIs in southern Africa, on the strategic plan and organizational structure of ADFIAP as it focuses on its role of leveraging the financial and technical resources of its members for sustainable development. Other presentations made during the forum included the report of SADC-Development Finance Resource Centre’s (DFRC) Chief Executive Officer Mr. Stuart Kufeni on his visit to Japan and the Philippines; JICA Chief Representative Toshiyuki Nakamura’s briefing on JICA’s international cooperation work and its DFI linkage initiative; JERI’s Mr. Shibata’s presentation on the economic and industrial development of Japan, the role of the Development Bank of Japan and JICA’s technical assistance to the Vietnam Development Bank and the Development Bank of Mongolia; and TICAD Advisor Mr. Fukunaga’s presentation on JICA and its proposed program for the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD). Mr. Reginald Motswaiso, CEO of Botswana Housing Corporation opened and chaired the forum while Mr. Vinson Hailulu, CEO of the National Housing Enterprise of Namibia and DFRC Board Chairman, made the closing remarks.
JICA’s, http://www.jica.go.jp/english/index.html activities revolve around the pillars of a field-oriented approach, human security, and enhanced effectiveness, efficiency, and speed.
SADC http://www.sadc.int/ is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana whose goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 15 southern African states and complements the role of the African Union.
SADC- DFRC http://www.sadc-dfrc.org/ is a subsidiary institution of SADC established in July 2003 to serve as a sub-regional centre of excellence to strengthen the SADC Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) Network and to enhance the capacity of the SADC DFIs to deliver on their mandates towards the achievement of the SADC RISDP goals of economic growth, employment generation and poverty alleviation.
Currently, the SADC DFIs Network has 31 members from 12 SADC countries.