Islami Bank Officers’ Welfare Association organized a seminar on “SDGs & Banking Industry in Bangladesh” at CIRDAP Auditorium, Dhaka on 23 November 2019, Saturday. Md. Mahbub ul Alam, Managing Director, and CEO of the Bank presided over the Seminar. Professor Dr. Md. Selim Uddin, FCA, FCMA, Chairman, Executive Committee of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited moderated the seminar. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman, Director General of Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management (BIBM) and S. A. Chowdhury, Former Managing Director of Sonali Bank addressed as panel discussants. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, Senior Executive Vice President presented the key notepaper. Muhammad Qaisar Ali, Additional Managing Director, Abu Reza Md. Yeahia, Taher Ahmed Chowdhury, Md. Abdul Jabbar and Md. Omar Faruk Khan Deputy Managing Directors and A.K.M Rezaul Karim, Secretary of the Association were present in the seminar. A.K.M. Mahbub Morshed, President of the Association addressed welcome speech. Senior officials of Bangladesh Bank, BIBM, others Schedule Banks and financial institutions attended the seminar.
Speakers at the seminar said that besides the government initiatives in achieving the SDGs, the banking sector has also been making significant contributions. They said that these goals would be achieved by working more responsibly in the financing, increasing green financing, increasing investment in the industrial sector and a small investment, strengthening financial inclusion programs, increasing employment and increasing investment in the villages. They also said that the discrimination of men and women should be eliminated at all levels, including the workplace. It is advisable to take effective steps to launch new financial products like Green Sukuk bonds. The seminar also emphasized taking strong steps at government and private levels to promote education and ensure quality education and developed health service for all. Emphasis is placed on self-development for the purpose of the professional development of the bankers. The speakers urged all to work together to achieve the goals of the SDGs.