As the lead partner in the 4-year EU-funded Switch Asia project on promoting sustainable cleaner development through the creation of an “Asian Cleantech MSME Financing Network” (ACMFN), ADFIAP conducted a supervision mission from May 14-18, 2018 to PUPUK (Perkumpulan Untuk Peningkatan Usaha Kecil), one of the project partners based in Bandung Indonesia.
Indonesia has been identified as one of the focal country beneficiaries in Asia under the ACMFN project. PUPUK or the Association for Advancement of Small Business, is the National Focal Point (NFP) in Indonesia which serves as the primary interface where all relevant technical and financial expertise converge to provide a favourable clean investment climate particularly for MSMEs in Indonesia.
Brainstorming sessions were held with PUPUK officers Early Rahmawati, General Secretary, Cecep Jaelani, Executive Director, Rini Sudaryani and Budi Kristanto, Project Managers and adelfi consultant Julia K. Rohe to identify critical items on the new logframe that needed to be addressed. This includes preparatory activities towards the conduct of the “Bandung Green Festival”, one of the highlights of PUPUK’s deliverables for 2018. The framework of the event was made clear for the team to have a common understanding of the concept and to work in one direction in the implementation of the event.
Back-to-back with the project review mission was the conduct of a 2-day training-of-trainers workshop for PUPUK experts on “Business Advisory for Cleantech MSMEs” and another 2-day workshop on “Cleantech Financial Development for Banks/FIs in Indonesia”, conducted on May 14-15 and May 16-17, 2018, respectively. Both workshops were participated and successfully conducted by Ms. Julia Rohe of Adelphi, the European project partner.
PUPUK is well-positioned as an NFP for the project considering the continuous strengthening of its project team and experts as well as with its strong tie-ups with the MSME sector represented by the various “komunitas” (communities), including special women groups. With the continuing conduct of workshops and constant follow-thru with the MSMEs and financial institutions, cooperation with all stakeholders is further intensified which will fast track the accomplishment of the desired deliverables for the remaining years of the project. This competitive advantage enhances the project’s relevance and responsiveness to the needs of the target beneficiaries.
The ACMFN is a 3-country 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. Aside from Indonesia, the other country beneficiaries are China and India. Cleantech refers to products, services and processes that reduce or eliminate negative ecological inputs, improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources and provide superior performance at lower cost.
ADFIAP was represented in the supervision mission in Indonesia by its country project managers, Ms. Carmelita M. Chavez, Head, Business Development & Research and Ms. Cecilia M. Ibarra, Head, Advocacy and Training , ADFIAP Consulting.