FSO Advisory participates in BSP-ADB Conference

The FSO Advisory group recently participated in a two-day conference on Financing Agriculture Value Chain in the Philippines led by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), in partnership with the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Various stakeholders from the public and private sectors – government agencies, FinTech startups, private companies, banking and financial institutions, academe and foundations, non-government/non-profit organizations, as well as practitioners and experts in agricultural finance – discussed issues and opportunities in the Philippine agriculture value chain.

Speaking as one of the panelists on Exploring Live Financing Opportunities in Agriculture Value Chains, FSO Advisory Partner Ian Lauron (CGL) explained how an inclusive business mindset drives growth and value, and how value chain financing fosters inclusive business. He identified value chains that are actively seeking financing support and the investment and collaboration models that can be explored to support these chains. CGL also talked about the commercial and strategic potential of financing value chains and emphasized infrastructure as an imperative towards achieving financial inclusion.

For more than three years now, the Financial Services Risk Management (FSRM) group has undertaken various development work and has been a participant-collaborator in industry and regulatory initiatives to promote agri-value chain financing and investing. Aligned with the strategic directions of the new BSP Governor, the FSRM group provides decision support as well as risk and capital assessment services for both agri-value chain and infrastructure finance.

Also present at the event were FSO Advisory Associate Director Ruben Simon, Senior Associates Lyca Regina Antonio and Russel Aaron Ailes and Associate Eduardo Emilio Montenegro.