As one of the key partners of the SMART Myanmar project, ADFIAP participated in the planning workshop for 2015 held on November 27-28, 2014 at the UMFCCI headquarters in Yangon. ADFIAP is part of a consortium of implementing partner-institutions of the project called, “SMEs for Environmental Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency Myanmar” or SMART Myanmar. The consortium, led by sequa gGmbH of Germany, also includes UK’s Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Germany’s Confederation of the German Textile and Fashion Industry (t+m), the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce in Myanmar Business (UMFCCI) and the Myanmar Garment Manufacturers Association (MGMA). Associate partners of project are Germany’s GIZ and the Netherlands’ Center for Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries.
The EU Delegation in Myanmar was represented by Mr. Alberto Menghini and among the SMART Myanmar partners represented were Ms. Simone Lehmann of sequa, Mr. Paul Tinsley from Sheffield, Ms. Elke Shrestha and Mr. Carsten Schroder of GIZ Bangladesh and Ms. Juliane Shroder of t+m. ADFIAP was represented by Ms. Cecilia Ibarra of ADFIAP Consulting. Highlights of the planning workshop were the presentation of the accomplishments of all SMART Myanmar partners in 2014 and the proposed work plan for the project in 2015. Workshops were done to determine what went well in 2014, what problems were encountered, the key challenges in 2015 and the recommendations to overcome these problems and challenges for the success of the project. The planning workshop was followed by a Steering Committee meeting wherein the highlights of the Myanmar project planning were presented to Mr. U Win Myint of the Ministry of Commerce to explore possible areas of cooperation for the project.
The 3-year SMART Myanmar project https://www.smartmyanmar.org/ is funded by a grant from the European Commission under its SWITCH-Asia Programme and specifically aims to improve the competitiveness and resource-efficient production and consumption of sustainably-manufactured garments from Myanmar. ADFIAP’s main role is to provide technical assistance, particularly in financing areas, to key stakeholders of the project, i.e., the chamber of commerce and industry, the garment association, banks and SMEs. ADFIAP hopes that the experience gained from the project can be shared to its member-development finance institutions (DFIs) in the region.