Workshops on sustainable financing held in Khulna


Two training and awareness workshops on sustainable financing were held in Khulna recently, said a press release.

Bangladesh Bank and Improved Coordination of International Climate Finance (ICICF) project jointly organised the training workshop titled ‘Sustainable Finance for Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities’.

Thirty officials from Bangladesh Bank Khulna office and various commercial bank branches in Khulna participated in the event.

The ICICF project is implemented by GIZ Bangladesh on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The project has been working closely with the government of Bangladesh to help the country mobilise climate finance from the international and national level.

With an objective of supporting the financial sector in implementing the sustainable finance policy circulated by the central bank, the project has been working with the Sustainable Finance Department of Bangladesh Bank.

As a part of this initiative, this workshop was arranged to enhance capacities of the divisional-level bankers.

Firdaus Ara Hussain, principal advisor of ICICF project, emphasised the importance of strengthening capacities of relevant stakeholders for accessing international climate finance sources to ensure sustainable development initiatives of the country during her welcome remarks.

Sessions on topics related to sustainable financing, refinancing schemes, monitoring and reporting procedures were conducted by Khondkar Morshed Millat, director of Sustainable Finance Department and Shah Md Ahsan Habib of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM).

Executive director of Bangladesh Bank Khulna office, SM Hasan Reza distributed certificates among the participants after the training.

In his closing speech, Hasan Reza emphasised the need of capacity strengthening support for the local bankers on sustainable financing.

He thanked the participants and the organisers of the programme and requested GIZ to continue supporting this kind of initiatives in the local level for ensuring sustainable development.

An awareness-building programme on the same topic targeted towards the local business community was arranged also.

The speakers threw light on different pertinent issues related to the benefits of environment-friendly investment and policy-driven sustainable finance opportunities for investors.

An open discussion was held with the participants speaking about challenges and scopes of sustainable investment in the local context.