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The EPIF looks to another year

22 Mar 2013

EPIF flag handover ceremony (L–R) : Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research Chairman Dr. Chi-Yuan Lian, Taiwan External Trade Development Council President and CEO Yuen-Chuan Chao, Teijin Limited Senior Advisor for Technology Kazuyuki Sakai, Chairman of the Board of Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation Teisuke Kitayama, APO Secretary-General Ryuichiro Yamazaki, WMRAS Chairman Jerome Baco, and SPRING Chief Executive Cheong Boon Png.

The EPIF flag handing-over ceremony was held on 15 March 2013 with delegates from Singapore consisting of Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (WMRAS) and SPRING handing the EPIF flag to Republic of China delegation from the Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research and Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

Singapore hosted the Asian Productivity Organization’s (APO’s) Eco-products International Fair (EPIF) from 14 to 16 March at Sands Expo & Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands.

H.E. Grace Fu, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, and Second Minister for Foreign Affairs was the guest of honor of the event organized by the APO, WMRAS. SPRING Singapore was the principal supporting organization.

The exhibition, themed One Environment, One Future: Towards a Sustainable and Greener Asia, focused on the B2B (business-to-business) model and exhibited cutting-edge, environmentally friendly eco-technologies, eco-products, and eco-services of about 100 exhibitors from all over the Asia-Pacific region. This year’s main target of the EPIF 2013 was transformed from the previous B2C (business-to-consumer) to the B2B (business-to-business) model based on the needs of the host country and interest of participating industries. It attracted about 3,100 visitors including more than 1,800 trade visitors over the three days who participated in various business focused activities such as customized business tour, business matching and many more.

A concurrent, high-impact international conference on Opportunities and Challenges in Sustainable Urban Living was also organized with a parade of renowned speakers.

The 2014 EPIF will be held in Taipei and promises to assemble an exciting line-up of exhibitors from the Asia-Pacific and beyond.



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