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5th Eco-products International Fair
March 19–22, 2009, SMX Convention Center, Manila, the Philippines

... brought more than 83,000 people together

photo1Executive Secretary Ermita striking the gong to open the EPIF 2009

A majestic gong heralded the opening of the Fifth Eco-products International Fair, held 19 to 22 March. The four-day event was organized by the APO in collaboration with the Development Academy of the Philippines and Philippine Business for the Environment. One hundred twenty-eight companies and organizations displayed the latest in environment-friendly products and services at the SMX Convention Center in Manila with the theme Sustainable Consumption, Sustainable Production, Sustainable Future.

The opening ceremony included messages of encouragement for all types of environmental initiative. The opening remarks were given by the Hon. Jose L. Atienza, Jr., Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources of the Philippines, and EPIF 2009 National Executive Committee Vice Chairperson. He was followed to the podium by Green Productivity Advisory Committee (GPAC) Chairperson and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation Chairman Dr. Tamotsu Nomakuchi, and EPIF Preparatory Committee Chairperson and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Chairman Teisuke Kitayama. Former First Lady of the Philippines and EPIF 2009 Advisory Committee Chairperson Mme. Amelita M. Ramos spoke on eco-friendly activities in the Philippines. In his keynote address, Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita expressed full support for the EPIF 2009 as an event dedicated to showing the path to a sustainable future. Prof. Ryoichi Yamamoto, Vice Chairperson of the GPAC, then presented Executive Secretary Ermita a copy of the newly published Eco-products Directory 2009.

A three-day parallel international conference on the same theme also started on 19 March. Former President Fidel V. Ramos delivered the keynote speech and emphasized the importance of environmental issues for sustainable human life. The four-day event brought more than 83,000 people together.

As a regional event gathering key international players and executives from leading corporations under one roof, the EPIFs successfully showcase the most advanced environmental technologies, provide opportunities for business collaboration, and promote public awareness of eco-products and -services. Since the first EPIF in Malaysia in 2004, each successive EPIF in Thailand in 2005, Singapore in 2006, and Vietnam in 2008 has gone from strength to strength in size and publicity generated. The Hanoi EPIF received an unprecedented 100,000 visitors.

Photo Gallery
DAY 1 (Thursday, 19 March)
002 Guests of honor joining a cultural performance at the opening ceremony
Prof. Yamamoto presenting the Eco-products Directory 2009 to Executive Secretary Ermita 003
004 Guests of honor touring the exhibition space
Secretary-General Shigeo Takenaka interviewed by local media 005
006 Former President Ramos at the Conference
Conference audience 007
008 Registration booth
APO booth at the EPIF 2009 009
DAY 2 (Friday, 20 March)
The EPIF 2009 received a visit from the President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on the second day of the event
010 President Arroyo (L) at the Mitsubishi Electric Corporation booth with Dr. Nomakuchi (Center)
Mr. Kitayama explaining on the eco-finance to President Arroyo at the Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation booth 011
011b President Arroyo (L) at the Toyota booth
EPIF Handing-over Ceremony during the welcome dinner hosted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (L-R): Vice President Rachnat Gobel, Industry, Technology and Maritime Affairs Indonesia, Takenaka, Kitayama, Atienza, DAP President Kalaw. 013a
014a Eco-Fashion Show for the Environment
DAY 3 (Saturday, 21 March)
Delegates from previous hosts Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, and Vietnam and representatives from the Philippines and Indonesia, the host country for 2010, met 21 March to discuss creating synergy from EPIF success. 021b
015Delegates from Malaysia (L-R):
Director General Dato' Nik Zainiah Nik Abd Rahman, Malaysia Productivity Corporation and President Datuk Mustafa Mansur, Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers
016Delegates from Thailand (L-R):
Vice Chairman Sompong Tancharoenphol, The Federation of Thai Industries and Executive Director Dr. Phanit Laosirirat, Thailand Productivity Institute
017Delegates from Singapore (L-R):
Honorary Secretary Guah Eng Hock, Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore and Director Jan Tan, Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore
018 Delegate from Vietnam:
Managing Director Nguyen Anh Tuan, Vietnam Productivity Centre
019Delegates from Indonesia (L-R):
Executive Director Hariadi Saptadji, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Vice Chairman Dr. Payaman Jan Simanjuntak, Committee of Productivity Promotion, Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, and Chairman Handito Hadi Joewono, Standing Committe on Education and Training, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Indutsry
020Delegates from India (L-R):
Director Mohd. Javed Pervez, National Productivity Council; Deputy Director General Singh Udai Shankar, National Productivity Council; and Director General Nallan Chakravarthy Vasudevan, National Productivity Council
021 Secretary-General Takenaka chairing the meeting (L-R): Professor Yamamoto, Takenaka, Kalaw, Executive Director Lisa C. Antonio, Philippines Business for the Environment
Mr. Kalaw (L) presenting a memento to Mme. Ramos (center) and Secretary-General Takenaka (R) during the farewell dinner hosted by the DAP. 022
DAY 4 (Sunday, 22 March)
Representatives of EPIF 2009 organizers presenting certificates of appreciation to exhibitors
023 Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation 01624 Department of Trade and Industry-CITEM
025 Iship Logipack Incorporated 026 Mitsubishi Electric Corporation