ADFIAP Secretary General, Mr. Octavio B. Peralta and ADFIAP Consulting Group’s Ms. Cora Conde and Mr. Alberto Reyno met with Mr. Douglas McLure of Ecorys Research and Consulting, one of the contractors for the EU Monitoring Programme tasked with preparing a report on the progress of the EU-funded SMART Cebu project.
ADFIAP is part of the consortium of organizations participating in the 3-year SMART-Cebu project which is implemented by Germany’s SEQUA gGmbH. The other project partners are the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), Effizienz Agentur NRW (EFA), Cebu Fashion Accessories Manufacturers and Exporters (Cebu FAME), Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation (CFIF) and Cebu Gifts Toys and Housewares (Cebu GTH). ADFIAP’s main role in the project is to advocate for sustainable consumption and production (SCP) through training and technical assistance and the potential provision of green financing by DFI-members. The Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) and Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), both ADFIAP members, have green financing programs and are looking at opportunities in developing lending programs for the SMART Cebu SMEs.
The project is aimed at increasing the competitiveness and productivity of Cebu SMEs through their respective chambers of industries by instituting SCP-related processes such as cleaner production and energy and resource efficiency, to meet the green standards of the European and other markets. For information on the SMART Cebu project, please visit its website at https://www.smartcebuproject.com/