ADFIAP’s Asia-Pacific Institute of Development Finance (IDF) is conducting its 4th study tour program (STP) on micro and small and medium enterprises (SME) financing in Manila, Philippines on January 25-29, 2010. Twelve participants from India, Malaysia, Palau and the Philippines have enrolled to the program.
This program is unique as it combines principles and concepts with practical applications from regulatory regimes to operational aspects in the MSME sector. It exposes the participants to the experiences and best practices on MSME finance through institutional visits to various key microfinance and SME banks in the Philippines, from policy-making bodies to conduits of wholesale and retail microfinance and SME funds. It also deepens the participants’ knowledge and understanding of MSME operations through field visits to microfinance and SME centers as well as provides a platform for exchanging views and ideas among participants to have a better appreciation of the significant roles that financial institutions play in the promotion of MSME finance in their respective countries.
The institutional visits with corresponding briefings and interactive discussions include the Planters Development Bank, Development Bank of the Philippines, People’s Credit and Finance Corporation, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines), National Credit Council, CARD-MRI Center, Ahon sa Hirap Foundation and the Asian Development Bank.
The IDF will be holding another study tour program on SME Financing and Development on April 12-16, 2010 in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh. For more details about the STPs, please contact Ms. Sandra Honrado at