The Environment and Forest Ministry and Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) have recently held an introductory joint meeting to formalise the sustainability and green growth working committee for harmonising economic growth with environmental sustainability.
The committee will work for improving eco-efficiency of economic growth and will enhance the synergies between environment and economy.
The meeting held on October 18 was co-chaired by Environment and Forest Secretary Dr Kamal Uddin Ahmed and Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) President Siddiqur Rahman.
The meeting finalised the Terms of Reference (ToR) and membership composition of the Working Committee, which will be technically supported by UNDP.
The objective of the platform include addressing the key challenges of climate, strengthening transformational capacity of the private sector and holding structured dialogue to enrich knowledge of both private and public sectors about where we are and what should be accomplished in achieving sustainability and resilience, said a press release.
Besides, the platform will work for creating awareness among private sector stakeholders and grass root people about organisational and peripheral hazards and disasters and the sustainable and resilient way outs.
“It is a positive intent of the private sector that they enhanced and expanded efforts to identify and address major knowledge gaps in green growth and practice and to help us design and implement policies to move towards a green economy while the government encouraging the private sector to green business,’’ Environment Secretary Kamal Uddin Ahmed told the meeting.
Sustainability is a must for green growth while we should not decouple the sustainability from GDP growth, he added.
BGMEA President Siddiqur Rahman assured that his organisation would extend all supports for the platform and requested BUILD to hold meeting with the corresponding wing of BGMEA to identify sectoral and products specific action which can be implemented through this working committee.