Members of the PREX Singapore Alumni Association. This was a gathering of business leaders who help support the country of Singapore. The attendees exchanged information on issues concerning new businesses and links with PREX.
Alumni Follow-Ups in the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore
The PREX Secretary General and one staff member paid visits to relevant organizations and to local counterparts and companies and to seminar participants who have returned home. The surveys were aimed at exploring the possibilities of business exchanges with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Kansai region, in addition to conducting needs surveys for human-resource development seminars in environment-related fields. These activities took place in early February in the developing countries of the Philippines and Indonesia, where economic growth is expanding, and also in the developed country of Singapore. Coming along on the surveys was Mr. Yoshihiro Arioka, an expert in environmental issues who works as a consultant for overseas ventures for SMEs. In addition, Mr. Arioka kindly agreed to serve as a lecturer for a public seminar on the subject of “Environmental Management and Measures by Japanese Enterprises.”
- Voice of an expert
- Mr.Yoshihiro Arioka, consultant for overseas expansion by SMEs
- Differences and common features in industry’s efforts on “the environment” seen in the 3 ASEAN countries
Environmental Management Seminar
More than 70 people, including corporate managers attended, in the Philippines.
In Indonesia, many people requested exchanges with Japanese companies at the business level and business matching.
I visited the three countries of the Philippines, Indonesia and Singapore from Jan. 31 to Feb. 11, 2012. I grasped the situations and issues in each country on environmental management and environmental businesses, mainly concerning energy conservation. These turned into surveys to study the kind of contributions that Japan (PREX, in other words) can make in the future. As an expert in the environmental field and further as a small medium-sized enterprise consultant (an expert in management support for SMEs), let me to report my impressions gathered during the surveys.
First, the Philippines. Here, where market-led industrial policies have been established, the government is moving forward with citizen-led environmental efforts, which drive advanced efforts toward private-sector management training and business organizations, rather than using policies or subsidies to carry out price controls or trying to mold the public will, despite high energy prices.
Next, we have Indonesia. The government provides a subsidy of nearly 30% of the national budget to maintain a low stable price level for electric power. Furthermore, bureaucratic-led environmental efforts have been promoted. These activities are on the vanguard of environmental efforts by which the manufacturing industry’s supply chain operators have progressed under an active policy to attract foreign investment.
Finally, with Singapore, the players that take on the environmental-business tasks are the SMEs clustered on “industrial estates.” I also learned that “strategic guidance” was being implemented, whereby these companies have established their own distinctive position by handling maintenance, repair and sales for Japanese, European and American companies that use Singapore as their ASEAN base.
So in these ways, the three countries are progressing with extremely distinctive and contrasting environmental efforts for their industries. On the other hand, there has been a high level of interest among people in all three of the countries, and they have fully possessed the will to take on the challenges of achieving new industrial growth. Even at the public seminars I attended, the participants hit me with incessant streams of questions.