• Tuesday, Sep 29, 2020
  • Last Update : 12:50 am

Study: Strong momentum for green finance in Bangladesh, Mongolia and Nepal

  • Published at 03:29 pm June 23rd, 2020
Investment coins soil green
Bigstock

Promoting green finance is a focus in Bangladesh, the study shows

A new report by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) facilitated Sustainable Banking Network (SBN) shows that Bangladesh, Mongolia, and Nepal have identified green finance as a top priority for sustainably developing their financial sectors.

The report titled “Necessary Ambition: How Low-Income Countries Are Adopting Sustainable Finance to Address Poverty, Climate Change, and Other Urgent Challenges” said these three countries face immediate and significant impacts from climate change, pollution, biodiversity loss, and social inequality that require urgent responses.

In the wake of the challenges, the report stated that in Asia, promoting green finance, such as green bonds and green loans, is particularly a focus in Bangladesh and Mongolia. 

The two countries, along with Nepal, are also working on developing national sustainable finance roadmaps as part of efforts to reduce market risk and incentivize green finance flows.

“At a time when low-income countries across Asia and the Pacific are being adversely impacted by Covid-19, it’s all the more vital for countries to embrace sustainable financial development to build resilience for the future,” said Nena Stoiljkovic, IFC’s vice president for Asia and Pacific.

“The report highlights these Asian countries are resolute in their commitment to promoting sustainable finance and going green in planning for the future,” Nena added.

Naidalaa Badrakh, CEO and a board member of the Mongolian Sustainable Finance Bankers Association and co-chair of the SBN International Development Association Task Force, said there is positive evidence of changes in the way banks are managing environmental and social risks, compared to five years ago. 

In addition to green finance, the report shows the three Asian countries are also exploring ways to expand sustainable finance to other areas such as financing for small and medium sized enterprises and agriculture.

“In the context of a circular economy, resource efficiency is key,” said Asif Iqbal, joint director, Sustainable Finance Department at Bangladesh Bank. 

“Thus, sustainable finance has a larger role to play in poverty reduction,” he added.

Dev Kumar Dhakal, executive director of the Nepal Rastra Bank, the central bank of Nepal, said: “The country should develop and implement sustainable finance-related policies for a better and safer financial system.”

“These policies should not be detrimental to development activities, rather should guide the initiatives taken,” he added.

In 2019, IFC’s green bonds issuance in Asia-Pacific crossed $1 billion, addressing environmental and social challenges in some of the world’s most vulnerable and poorest countries.

Last month, Mongolia’s Financial Regulatory Commission and IFC signed an MoU to further develop the market for green finance in Mongolia.

54
54
blogger sharing button blogger
buffer sharing button buffer
diaspora sharing button diaspora
digg sharing button digg
douban sharing button douban
email sharing button email
evernote sharing button evernote
flipboard sharing button flipboard
pocket sharing button getpocket
github sharing button github
gmail sharing button gmail
googlebookmarks sharing button googlebookmarks
hackernews sharing button hackernews
instapaper sharing button instapaper
line sharing button line
linkedin sharing button linkedin
livejournal sharing button livejournal
mailru sharing button mailru
medium sharing button medium
meneame sharing button meneame
messenger sharing button messenger
odnoklassniki sharing button odnoklassniki
pinterest sharing button pinterest
print sharing button print
qzone sharing button qzone
reddit sharing button reddit
refind sharing button refind
renren sharing button renren
skype sharing button skype
snapchat sharing button snapchat
surfingbird sharing button surfingbird
telegram sharing button telegram
tumblr sharing button tumblr
twitter sharing button twitter
vk sharing button vk
wechat sharing button wechat
weibo sharing button weibo
whatsapp sharing button whatsapp
wordpress sharing button wordpress
xing sharing button xing
yahoomail sharing button yahoomail