Staff Correspondent: The 2nd International Conference on Inclusive Business 2019 took place today at hotel Le Méridien, Dhaka with concentrating on the theme ‘Inclusive growth for Tackling Poverty and Inequality’ to promote sustainable business solutions in Bangladesh.
The conference was organized by SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with Dutch-Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI), and supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Over 150 participants including the govt. officials, development partners, private sector, civil society members and academicians attended in the conference.
Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun MP, Honourable Minister, Ministry of Industries attended in the inaugural session as the Chief Guest, while His Excellency Mr. Harry Verweij, Ambassador, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh attended as the Guest of Honor; Her Excellency Ms. Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden to Bangladesh, and Mr Jason Belanger Country Director SNV Netherlands Development Organisation were present as the special guests.
Mr. Faruque Hassan, President, Dutch Bangla Chamber of Commerce & Industry (DBCCI) welcomed the participants and guests.
During his inaugural speech Mr. Nurul Majid Mahmud Humayun MP said, Bangladesh has designed its pathway in accomplishing the SDGs with the inclusion of inclusive business. This conference will help to create positive mindset amongst the stakeholders to invest in implementing different Inclusive Business Models.
His Excellency Mr. Harry Verweij stated that Inclusive business is an opportunity for the private sector, corporate social responsibility should not consider as ‘doing good’ only but to provide SRHR service for RMG workers for their wellbeing and in that way achieving productivity. He also emphasized on Branding Bangladesh as and economic tiger and modernizing economy.
Her Excellency Ms. Charlotta Schlyter, Ambassador, Embassy of Sweden expressed, “Inclusive business is not only reaching out the groups left behind, it is about engaging with the people from other walks of life and encouraging their entrepreneurial spirit and abilities”.
4 Plenary Sessions including Gender Inclusion in Sanitation Business; Agriculture & Food Security; Ensuring Health Care for RMG Workers and Financial Inclusion in RMG Sector also added valuable input during the conference where experts spoke on the example and opportunities about sustainable business solutions, best practices, new models with innovations, new mindsets and establish a linkage between corporate and social enterprises.