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Maintaining and continuously building its alliance with same-purposed development organizations worldwide, ADFIAP, represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Octavio B. Peralta, on his way to the KfW forum on SMEs in Frankfurt, met with two United Nations bodies, the International Trade Centre UNCTAD/WTO (ITC) and the UN Environment Programme’s Finance Initiative (UNEPFI).

At the ITC, Mr. Peralta met with Dr. Osman Atac and Mr. Roger Megelas, Chief and Senior Adviser of the Enterprise Management Development Section (EMDS), respectively, regarding the Loan for Competency (LoanCom) platform, a browser-based software developed by ITC for financial institutions to evaluate loan applications, highlighting management competency as a firm basis for loan approval within the conventional risk assessment criteria. The rationale behind the concept is to provide small and medium enterprises (SME) with an alternative platform to get financing from a bank or a development finance institution (DFI) if they can prove their management skills and savvy based on the set of questions developed and built in within the assessment system. For more information, email us

At the UNEPFI, Mr. Peralta met with email, Head of Secretariat and officers, Ms. Yuki Yasui, Ms. Susan Steinhagen, and Mr. Butch Bacani to discuss further cooperation between UNEPFI and ADFIAP on the issue of environment and finance. ADFIAP is presently Co-Chair of the UNEPFI Asia-Pacific Task Force’s Outreach Group and is a supporting-partner organization of the UNEPFI Global Roundtable which will be held on October 24-25, 2007 in Melbourne, Australia. The event with the theme, “Awareness to Action” is designed to provide delegates with a forum to debate and discuss new ideas and challenges on sustainable finance and other related issues. Initiated in 1994, the event is recognized as the premier global event on sustainability and finance, with more than 500 delegates attending. To register, please go to:

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