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3-day Asia-Pacific Conference begins Dec 10

  • Published at 12:42 am December 8th, 2019
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International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC Bangladesh) holds a press conference in Dhaka on Saturday, December 7, 2019 Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

President Abdul Hamid will inaugurate the conference as the chief guest at InterContinental Dhaka at 3:00pm

The three-day "Asia-Pacific Conference on Financing for Inclusive and Sustainable Development" is going to begin in Dhaka on December 10.  

President Md Abdul Hamid is scheduled to open the high-profile international conference organized by the International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh (ICC Bangladesh) at hotel InterContinental.

The objectives of the conference were to discuss how to scale up investment and international development cooperation and adequately finance the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, said Mahbubur Rahman, president, ICC Bangladesh, at a press briefing at Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) on Saturday.

Rahman stressed that the governments and the private sectors join hands to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in Bangladesh and other Asia Pacific countries.

"Therefore, through the Dhaka conference, we offer assistance to our government to accelerate efforts to achieve SDG targets," Rahman said while replying to a question about significance of the conference in Dhaka.

He said the ICC's motto was that only inclusive development with 'No One Left Behind' will ensure the SDGs.

According to the program overleaf, the conference is aiming to recommend policies for the governments to explore financial resources for countries of the Asia-Pacific region through a series of plenary sessions.

Alongside many other topics, the plenary sessions will be held on prospect of floating sovereign/corporate/green/blue bonds, infrastructure funds and blended finance instruments to mitigate financial gaps for the capital market development.

The conference will not only enhance sharing knowledge and best practices among the participants to facilitate SDG funding but also set off the discussions on new policy and cooperation framework at the regional level to facilitate financial resource mobilization to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

At the conference, policy makers, private business and financial sectors, international organizations, civil society organizations, and all other relevant stakeholders will discuss pressing issues on financing for inclusive and sustainable development.

Around 100 delegates from 30 countries namely Afghanistan, Australia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, France, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Island, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the USA and Vietnam will be attending the conference. 

Besides, about 400 delegates comprising business leaders, bankers and experts from Bangladesh will also be attending this three-day conference.

The Dhaka conference is being organized celebrating 100 years of ICC globally as well as 25 years of its presence in Bangladesh.

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, Foreign Affairs Minister AK Abdul Momen and Prime Minister's Private Industry and Investment Affairs Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman will attend the inaugural session as special guests.

ICC Bangladesh with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP), Asian Development Bank (ADB)-Trade Finance Programme (TFP) and The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF) is co-hosting the conference.

The concluding session will follow a Dhaka Declaration on December 12.  

Among others, DCCI president Osama Taseer, vice president Imran Ahmed, secretary of ICC Bangladesh Ataur Rahman and renowned media personality and ICC Bangladesh advisor Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul also spoke at the press conference.