ACMFN project launched in China

ACMFN ChinaThe China Electronic Energy-Saving Technology Association (CEESTA) and the Institute of Environment and Development (IED) organized the launching of the Asian Cleantech MSME Financing Network (ACMFN) project on March 22, 2016 in Beijing, China. The event was attended by fifty (50) delegates including representatives from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) of China, SMEs, international organizations, large corporations and various media outfits.

The ACMFN is a four-year project funded by the European Union (EU) Switch Asia Programme. The project’s implementing partner-organizations are Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) as the lead agency, CEESTA & IED of China, Adelphi of Germany, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PUPUK of Indonesia.

The ACMFN aims to build and leverage a cleantech financing eco-system to spark improved access to finance for Asian cleantech MSMEs in order to enhance sustainable consumption and production patterns in Asia. Cleantech refers to products, services and processes that reduce or eliminate negative ecological inputs, improve the productive and responsible use of natural resources and provide superior performance at lower cost. MSMEs, considered to be the major drivers of worldwide economies, are being tapped to benefit from the project. The ACMFN will fund the capacity-building for about 400 MSMEs in order that they would have better chances to access financing for their projects. Workshops, advisory services and mentoring, among other activities, will be conducted, including national forums for matchmaking process between MSMEs and financial Institutions as well as training manuals and toolkits. Around 200 MSMEs are expected to have improved processes or created innovations within the project timeline.

The Director of IED, Mr. Walter Ge, introduced the ACMFN project during the launching and announced the establishment of ACMFN office as well as the process of implementation of the project in China. Other speakers during the event were representatives from the MIIT, CEESTA, EU and guests from financial institutions.

The ACMFN project comes at a time when China spares no efforts in promoting green production and green financing which will help explore feasible solutions to the cleantech MSMEs traditionally-neglected by financial institutions.

Social Standards Handbook for local garment manufacturers in Myanmar

image001Through the comprehensive trainings and the capacity building with the SMART Myanmar Social Compliance Academy, which touch upon the most fundamental issues of social compliance, local factories have been able to learn how to implement long-term and ethically responsible practices, necessary to improve their competitiveness in the global market.

The easy-to-read guidance provides a general overview dedicated to factory managers on the main issues of social compliance, underlying its strategic role within the garment sector. In particular, the guide presents the most fundamental steps of how local factories should implement an effective social management system, by also giving clear examples and best practices derived from factories in Myanmar. Based on the experiences of the SMART Myanmar Social Compliance Academies this handbook was composed to specifically focus on the needs and constraints of Myanmar garment factories.

This handbook shall reach out and inspire a wide number of factories in Myanmar.

SMART Myanmar Social Compliance Handbook English

Smart Myanmar Export Promotion Guide

Promotion Guide Cover PageThis 2015 Export Promotion Guide has been specially designed to assist Myanmar manufacturers who wish to export garments to the European Union (EU), a market encompassing 28 nations and more than 500 million consumers.

Myanmar’s garment manufacturers have, for the past several years, primarily exported to Japan and South Korea. This has provided dependable business opportunities for the industry and there is a tremendous potential for garment manufacturers in Myanmar to discover new opportunities exporting their products to the EU.

Whether you are a manufacturer seeking to better understand EU trade procedures, laws and documentation, or perhaps, you are trying to re-configure your production set-up to better cater to the needs of European buyers. Whatever present situation you are in, this guide explores and maps out the various technical and procedural considerations essential for engaging with European buyers.

SMART Myanmar Export Promotion Guide – Myanmar Garment Sector