1. ADFIAP Board meets in Manila – 05/12/2013

    The ADFIAP Board, in its 78th Meeting in Manila, Philippines on December 3, 2013, has elected two Vice Chairmen – Mr. Metin Pehlivan, General Manager of the Development Bank of Turkey and Mr. Pema Tshering, Managing Director of the Bhutan Development Bank Limited. Under the ADFIAP constitution, the Board’s officers are composed of a Chair, not more than 3 Vice Chairs and a Treasurer.
    Click here for 78th ADFIAP Board Meeting Highlights

  2. ADFIAP attends ESCAP’s Business Advisory Council meeting, APBF 2013 – 02/12/2013

    On invitation by the United Nation’s Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), ADFIAP represented by its Secretary General, Mr. Octavio B. Peralta, attended the 6th ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) meeting and the Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF) 2013 held at the Royal Princess Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand from November 25-27, 2013.

  3. Datuk Wan Azhar, new ADFIAP Chairman

    The ADFIAP Board of Directors, in its 75th meeting held in Istanbul, Turkey has elected Datuk Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad, Managing Director of Credit Guarantee Corporation (CGC) of Malaysia, as the new Chairman succeeding Mr. Nihal Fonseka, DFCC Bank’s Chief Executive Officer at the end of his term as Chairman. The formal turnover of the chairmanship was held during the closing ceremony of the 35th Annual Meetings (please see related story).

    Datuk Wan Azhar was recruited by the Central Bank of Malaysia to join CGC as Manager in 1993 and was subsequently promoted to Assistant General Manager in 1995. In 1997, he was further promoted to Chief Executive Officer and later was appointed to the Board of Directors as Managing Director in 2000.

    Datuk Wan Azhar is also a Board member and Chairman of the Credit Bureau Malaysia, a Member of the Central Bank’s Small Debt Resolution Committee (SDRC), a Board Member of UK-based Aureos CGC Advisers, and a Council Member for the Association of Development Finance Institutions of Malaysia (ADFIM).

  4. ADFIAP, Australian APEC Centre hold forum on MSME access to finance

    ADFIAP and the Australian APEC Study Centre at RMIT University in Melbourne, with the support of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) have successfully held the “Regional Symposium on Best Practice Regulatory Principles Supporting MSME (micro, small and medium enterprises) Access to Finance” on June 27-28, 2011 at the Dusit Thani Hotel, in Makati City, Philippines.

    The event brought together 32 delegates and experts representing financial system policy makers and regulatory officials from the region, specialists from international and regional organizations and standard setting bodies and senior representatives of development, savings and commercial banks as well as from the securities sector and non-bank financial intermediaries.

    The delegates discussed and dissected various issues affecting MSME access to finance in the nine sessions scheduled during the event. The thorough discussions resulted in the crafting of ideas and proposed principles which will be submitted for consideration by APEC Finance Ministries to further enhance best practice regulatory approaches for the sector. These proposals would also be used as the bases for a subsequent five-day capacity building training program for regional policy-makers and regulators to be held in Melbourne, Australia in February 2012.

    The symposium was inaugurated by Deputy Governor Nestor A. Espenilla of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines), Mr. Ken Waller, Director of the Australian APEC Study Center and Mr. Octavio B. Peralta, ADFIAP Secretary General. For more details of the event, please email the ADFIAP Secretariat at inquiries@adfiap.org.

  5. ADFIAP joins European SCP study mission

    As one of the partner-business membership organizations (BMOs) of the EU grant-funded SMART Cebu project, ADFIAP participated in a two-week, 17- person study mission from February 6-20, 2011 in the Netherlands and Germany to learn firsthand best practices and case studies on sustainable consumption and production (SCP) in these countries. SMART Cebu stands for SMEs for Environmental Accountability, Responsibility and Transparency in Cebu.

    Altogether, the delegation visited 16 institutions and events covering topics such as corporate social responsibility (CSR), energy and resource efficiency, business matchmaking, eco design, sustainable lifestyles, fair banking, green finance and other SCP-related issues.

    The purpose of the study mission was to learn from and network with European institutions as inputs to the ongoing 3-year SMART Cebu project under the European Commission’s SWITCH Asia programme. The project is being implemented by a consortium of European and Philippine organizations aimed at increasing the competitiveness of Cebu small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in three sectors, namely, furniture and furnishings, fashion accessories, and gift, toys and house wares and, overall, to contribute to a greener environment.

    ADFIAP’s main role in the project is to advocate for sustainable consumption and production through the provision of potential lending programmes to these sectors in their pursuit of environmentally-responsible, economically-viable and socially-oriented processes and practices which are within the scope of work and advocacies of the Association. More details on the SMART Cebu project can be found at this site: http://www.smartcebuproject.com/

  6. SME Center Asia Forum I


    “SME Solutions for Banks”
    February 4, 2011 * 1:00 pm to 4.30 pm
    Planters Development Bank SME Center

    Program of Activities

    1:30 pm – 1:45 pm OPENING REMARKS
    Ambassador Jesus P. Tambunting
    Chairman & President
    Planters Development Bank

    1:45 pm – 2:15 pm SME LENDING BUSINESS
    MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
    Ms. Cora D. Conde
    Group Head, ADFIAP Consulting

    2:15 pm – 2:45mpm IT/SME BUSINESS SOLUTIONS
    SME.com.ph
    Planters Development Bank

    2:45 pm – 3:00 pm COFFEE BREAK

    3:00 pm – 3:30 pm MOBILE BANKING PLATFORM MBANX
    Mr. Dinesh Fernandopulle
    Chief Executive Officer
    Synapsys, Sri Lanka

    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm OPEN FORUM

  7. ADFIAP Member co-authors health diagnostic tool for public development banks

    Ottawa-based ADFIAP Sustaining Member, the International Financial Consulting Ltd. represented by its CEO, Ms. Diana Smallridge, has co-authored with Mr. Fernando de Olloqui for the Inter-American Development Bank, a technical paper entitled, “A Health Diagnostic Tool for Public Development Banks”.

    This study defines in normative terms what good health looks like across various dimensions which allows the PDB to delineate how it can improve its overall performance and achieve its financial and developmental goals. Due to the variety of mandates and business models used by PDBs, there is no one definition of what constitutes perfect health for a PDB, nonetheless there are common parameters and features to their overall systems that can be compared against under a flexible and comprehensive framework. The three common parameters of performance identified in the health diagnostic tool are public policy and corporate governance, development impact, and financial and operational performance.

    The technical paper is available for free download in the ADFIAP website. Click here, A Health Diagnostic Tool for Public Development Banks.

    IFCL is a leading international consulting firm specializing in financial services in support of trade, investment, and development.

  8. ADFIAP Secretariat releases year-end report

    The ADFIAP Secretariat has summarized through a one-page enewsletter, the achievements and accomplishments of the Association in 2010 which were categorized into “4P’s” – Programs, Partnerships, Participation and Progress. Programs cover the various conferences, forums, capacity-building programs and training events conducted by the Association during the year. Partnerships highlight the cooperation agreements that ADFIAP has forged with same-purposed organizations to further advance its sustainable development work and advocacy. Participation features conferences, forums, roundtables and other events that ADFIAP has been invited to speak and participate by organizations around the world. Progress showcases the remarkable increase of the Association’s membership, of it being featured in various publications, and of its inclusion in the Index Report of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as one of the organizations complying to its guidelines on sustainability reporting, among many others. Included also in this report are the three (3) big ticket events that ADFIAP and its partner-organizations will be doing in 2011 as well as the 2011 ADFIAP Calendar of Events. To see the report, please click here: ADFIAP 2010 Year End Report.

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  9. ADFIAP represented in Latin American climate change forum for DFIs

    ADFIAP, on invitation by the Lima, Peru-based Latin American Financial Institutions Development (ALIDE), was represented in the Seminar on “Mitigation of Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability:
    The Role of Development Banks” which was organized by ALIDE and the Colombian Development Bank for Foreign Trade (Bancoldex) and was held in Bogotá, Colombia, from November 18 to 19 2010.

    ADFIAP was represented in the event by the Germany-based UNEP/ Wuppertal Institute collaborating Center for Sustainable Consumption and Production (CSCP), ADFIAP’s partner in its environmental governance standards (EGS) project www.egs-asia.com. Mr. Julio Andrés Rozo Grisales was CSCP’s designated presentor.

    The seminar-workshop provided participants with a perspective on the risks and opportunities of climate change as well as close the information gap that exists in respect of financial systems to finance projects to act against climate change and to create better tools to combat this phenomenon in the region.

    The seminar also addressed mitigation instruments such as carbon trading and other forms of investment, availability and diversity of funding sources, and new business opportunities, among other topics.
    In addition, topics related to strengthening of environmental management systems and social development in the financial sector, such as managing environmental and social risks, mitigating risks and identify market opportunities and developing corporate governance environment standards, were also discussed.

    The organizers were interested in gaining insight on the approach undertaken by DFIs in Asia on environmental governance, particularly on the experience of ADFIAP and CSCP on the EGS project.
    The event which was held at the Hotel la Fontana in Bogota was attended by 45 selected participants from development and commercial banks in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Honduras and Chile as well as representatives from consultancy organizations and universities.