Bangladesh Bank (BB) has adopted pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable monetary policies, agricultural and SME credit policies and programmes which direct sustainable credit flow for need-based beneficiaries.
The central bank has developed mobile financial services, agent banking, financial literacy and school banking and strengthened consumer protection in banking which have broaden the access to the financial services with new technology.
Md. Touhidul Alam Khan, deputy managing director & chief business officer and head of Sustainability Reporting Committee (SRC) of Prime Bank Limited said this at the plenary session to present Bangladesh perspective during the 3rd Sustainability Practitioner Conference held in Lampung, Indonesia recently.
Khan focuses the challenges ahead like resource mobilisation, stakeholders’ engagement especially private sector engagement, data availability and management and localisation of SDGs.
Speakers at the conference said Private Sector Engagement (PSE) has been the key among the challenges for implementation strategies towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The SPC 2018 was organised by the National Center for Sustainability Reporting (NCSR) and the Institute of Certified Sustainability Practitioners (ICSP), Indonesia – the third year of NCSR with the theme “Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): From Global to Local Implications”, in order to support the SDGs agenda in the Asian Region.
In the conference, a plenary session was arranged attending by the participants both academicians and company representatives from different industries in Asian countries. All the members of plenary sessions were the alumni of Certified Sustainability Reporting Specialist (CSRS) and Certified Sustainability Reporting Assurer (CSRA), and other participants from the province of Lampung. The speakers shared their insight into the implementation of SDGs in the respective countries.
While addressing the session, Indonesia Prof. Eko Ganis Sukoharso no Ph.D., CSRA also the Chairman of ICSP put light on the word sustainability that has become more important because of sustainability goals that was used by NCSR long before.
Khan, also the member of scientific committee of International Sustainable Development Conference (SDC)-2019, focused on Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDGs of Bangladesh as the country has participated in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDGs in 2017.
Towards achieving SDGs, Bangladesh Bank has already developed SDGs target mapping towards its implementation since 50 SDGs targets among 169 targets which are directly or indirectly interlinked with Bangladesh Bank’s activities.