First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue opens
8 October 2015, Nirapad News: The “First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue of Private Sector” on Public Private Partnership to Protect Businesses from Climatic Disaster Risks opened in city on Wednesday.
UNDP Bangladesh jointly with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) and the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) organized the “First Bangladesh Resilience Dialogue of Private Sector”.
The Dialogue is a follow-up of the third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction that was held in Japan in March 2015.
The opening ceremony of the two-day long Dialogue was held at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.
Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed MP was present as the chief guest at the ceremony while Principal Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office Abul Kalam Azad was present as the special guest.
A wide range of national and international representatives will be participating in the two-day long Dialogue supporting the ongoing strong collaboration on resilience building in Bangladesh.
The dialogue will enhance cooperation among the stakeholders in three major areas — Resilient business which includes disaster safe investments, establishment, production and markets; Business Opportunities in disaster risk reduction through innovation; and Enabling environment for business to adopt disaster safe approaches, including incentives, private sector leadership in DRR and strong partnership.
Welcoming the participants Pauline Tamesis said that resilient businesses are not only essential for competing in the global market, but also secures livelihoods and buying power of Bangladeshi people, which in turn has market benefits.
BUILD Chairman, Asif Ibrahim, who also chairs the Asia UNESCAP Asia-Pacific Sustainable Business Network on DRR noted that Bangladeshi entrepreneurs are known for their innovation, which is the biggest asset to build a resilient nation.
“However, it requires regulatory simplification and appropriate incentives and capacity building both for larger corporates and specially SMEs,” he added.
Highlighting the importance of private sector engagement in resilience building the Commerce Minister said, “Government is committed to incorporate Disaster risk reduction into all national policies that promotes safer investment, resilient market – which will further our competitiveness and sustainability in the global market”.
Dr. Shamika Sirimanne, Director of UNESCAP said, “Sustainable development will not be achieved unless private sector is adequately protected and play a significant leadership in building resilience.”
FBCCI President Matlub Ahmed and UNESCAP’s Regional Advisor on DRR Puji Pujiono also spoke at the occasion among others.