ADFIAP Vancouver Meeting Immensely Successful

ADFIAP’s 33rd Annual Meetings hosted by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC)) in Vancouver, Canada on May 10-12, 2010 were immensely successful with around a hundred delegates from 26 countries attending and the theme “Innovative Financing for a Greener Economy” as relevant as ever. The event was inaugurated by The Honourable Colin Hansen, Minister of Finance and Deputy Premier of the Province of British Columbia.

Other highlights of the event were the 71st Board of Directors Meeting, the Delegate-Meets-Delegate (DMD) Session, Shared Interest Group (SIG) sessions, the 13th Extraordinary Meeting of the General Assembly, the Gala and Awards Night, the Conference Proper, the Fellowship Program and the drafting of the Vancouver Green Declaration.

The DMD session afforded delegates to meet and network with each other. The SIG sessions consisted of six simultaneous best practice seminars on SME banking, Exim banking, microfinance, house finance, technology finance and funding models, featuring a total of 25 speakers and resource persons.

The General Assembly was the venue for the Chairman’s Report of the year’s programs and activities, the approval of the financial statements of the Association, the ratification of the amendment on Sponsor/Sustaining Membership category, the conferment of Honorary Membership to Mr. Zaigham Mahmood Rizvi of Pakistan, the welcome to nine new members and the launching of the manual on “Key Performance Indicators for DFIs” as well as a special presentation of FixSys’s “Leveraging Information for Bank Efficiency and Impact”.

The Gala and Awards Night was a tribute to the members’ outstanding development projects and the outstanding CEO of the year (see separate stories). The Conference Proper tackled the theme in three plenary sessions on competitive imperative of sustainability, global trends and best practices on green finance, and financing a lower carbon economy, with nine speakers and resource persons providing presentations and insights.

The Vancouver Green Declaration (see separate story) was drafted and adopted by the members as a call to action for more initiatives and investments for greener economies. Finally, the Fellowship Program provided the delegates with the opportunity to get together in a relaxed environment and to visit interesting sights in beautiful Vancouver.

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