ADFIAP-partnered SMART-Cebu project wins top Southeast Asia peer award

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The SMEs for environmental Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency (SMART-Cebu ) project bested nine (9) other EU SWITCH-Asia projects, garnering the top award during the SWITCH-Southeast Asia Networking Meeting held in Jakarta, Indonesia on October 25-27, 2011.

The top peer award is a recognition by SWITCH-Asia project colleagues in the subregion that SMART-Cebu, complete with its green financing component undertaken by ADFIAP, has the best project presentation and coverage.

ADFIAP is part of the consortium of organizations participating in the 3-year SMART-Cebu project. The project is implemented by SEQUA gGmbH in cooperation with ADFIAP, 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). The project is aimed at increasing the competitiveness and productivity of Cebu SMEs through their respective chambers of industries by instituting sustainable consumption and production (SCP) related processes, such as cleaner production and energy and resource efficiency, to meet the green standards of the European and Asian markets.

ADFIAP’s main role in the project is to advocate for SCP through training and technical assistance and 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 focused lending programs for the SMART Cebu SMEs.

SMART-Cebu was represented in the event by Project Director Thomas Ritter of SEQUA, ECCP Vice President Gerry Constantino, and ADFIAP Consulting Group Head, Ms. Cora Conde.

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