The thirteen meeting of the ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC) was held at UNESCAP on Monday, said a news release.
Mahbubur Rahman, EBAC chairman and ICC Bangladesh president, presided over the day-long meeting.
Some 50 members representing various businesses from the Asia Pacific countries were present. ICC Bangladesh vice-president Rokia Afzal Rahman, ICC Bangladesh member and vice-chairman of Newage Group of Industries Asif Ibrahim and ICC Bangladesh secretary general Ataur Rahman also attended.
The proposal by Hong Kong to host Asia Pacific Business Forum 2018 in Hong Kong on April 10-11, 2018 was adopted during the meeting. It was suggested that the theme of 2018 APBF will be linking business with Sustainable Development Goals through technology and financing.
Mahbubur thanked the EBAC members for electing him and Lee George Lam, non-executive chairman - Hong Kong and ASEAN Region and chief adviser to Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets Asia, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (Hong
Kong) Limited as chairman and vice-chairman and wished to receive full cooperation of the members and ESCAP Secretariat in carrying out the future activities of EBAC, ESBN and APBF.
EBAC chairman mentioned that considering the present global scenario, the private sector has to join hands with international bodies and governments to agree on a mechanism for business engagement. In this aspect, EBAC and ESCAP together can make a difference for the region, he added.
Hongjoo Hahm, deputy executive secretary of ESCAP in his opening statement appreciated the role played by the private sector since the establishment of EBAC, Asia Pacific Business Forum and ESCAP Sustainable Business Network.
The progress of the on-going and new projects/initiatives of 10 ESBN Task Force was presented during the meeting.
The task force are: banking and finance, digital economy, green
business, innovation and competitiveness, trade and transport facilitation, disaster and climate
risk reduction, young entrepreneurship, agriculture and food and pacific issues.
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