International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh is going to organise ‘The Asia-Pacific Conference on Financing for Inclusive and Sustainable Development’ in Dhaka in December 10-12 to celebrate 100 years of the ICC globally and 25 years of ICCB.
President Abdul Hamid is expected to attend as the chief guest the inaugural session of the conference to be held at InterContinental Hotel, Dhaka on December 10.
Finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, foreign minister AK Abdul Momen and prime minister’s private industry and investment adviser Salman F Rahman will also attend the inaugural session as special guests, said ICCB leaders.
UN secretary general Antonio Guterres and former UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon will join the inaugural session through video conferencing.
ICCB president Mahbubur Rahman unveiled the schedule of the event at a press briefing at the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry auditorium in Dhaka on Saturday.
DCCI president Osama Taseer, journalist Monjurul Ahsan Bulbul and ICCB secretary general Ataur Rahman were also present at the press briefing.
The conference will not only enhance knowledge sharing and best practices among the participants to facilitate SDG funding but also ignite the discussions on new policy and cooperation framework at the regional level to facilitate financial resource mobilisation to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, said ICCB leaders.
The three-day conference will be jointly organised with 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) under the patronage of the finance ministry at InterContinental Hotel.
Other dignitaries from the Asia Pacific region to join the conference include UN ESCAP under-secretary general and executive secretary Armida Salsia Alisjahbana, Bandula Gunawardena, Sri Lanka information and communications technology and innovations minister, senior economic adviser to the prime minister of Sri Lanka Nivard Cabraal, deputy planning and infrastructure minister of Maldives Riyaz Mansoor, National Planning Commission vice-chairman of Nepal professor Puspa Raj Kadel, under-secretary of state (vice-minister) of industry and handicraft ministry of Cambodia Laim Kimleng and vice-minister of commerce ministry of Cambodia Bun Chanthy.
Around 100 delegates from 30 countries including 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, Philippine, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, USA and Vietnam will be attending the conference.
Besides, about 400 delegates comprising business leaders, bankers and experts from Bangladesh will also be attending the conference.
Policy makers, private business and financial sectors, international organisations, civil society organisations, and other relevant stakeholders will discuss the pressing issues on financing for inclusive and sustainable development, ICCB said.
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