ICSB CPD SEMINAR HELD ON “SDGs: PRIVATE SECTOR’S ROLES AND CHALLENGES”
Photo from Left– Mr. Mohammad Sanaullah FCS, President, ICSB, Mr. Golam Mainuddin, Vice President, MCCI, Mr. Asif Ibrahim, Former President, DCCI, Mr. Mohammad Asad Ullah FCS, Chairman, Professional Development Sub Committee and Immediate Past President of ICSB, Mr. M. A. Mannan MP, Hon’ble Minister, Ministry of Planning, Mr. Md. Abul Kalam Azad, Principal Coordinator, SDGs Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Mr. Shehzad Munim, President, FICCI, Mr. K.H. Masud Siddiqui, Former Secretary, GoB, Professor M. Harunur Rashid Ph.D, Chairman of BAC International, Mr. Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin), President, FBCCI and Mr. Md. Azizur Rahman FCS, Director General, Intellectual Property Association of Bangladesh (IPAB) and Council Member of ICSB.
Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Bangladesh (ICSB) has organized a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Seminar on “SDGs: Private Sector’s Roles and Challenges” on Saturday, March 02, 2019.
Mr. Mohammad Asad Ullah FCS, Chairman, Professional Development Sub Committee and Immediate Past President (IPP) of the Institute presided over the CPD Seminar. In his welcome address, he cordially thanked everyone for participating in this time befitting event.The Bangladesh government has already integrated the SDGs in national plans by inserting them in the 7/sup>th Five Year Plan, which began in 2016. To achieve the targets of SDG it is high time to move forward. Mr. Asad Ullah FCS further elaborated that since, the Members of ICSB are professionally fit and competent to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Chartered Secretary Professionals could be involved in different initiatives of SDGs for better contribution to the national economy. The estimates show that an additional amount over the current provision of investment related to SDGs by public sectors and external sources, would be US$ 928.48 billion. This amount would be required for SGDs implementation over the period of FY 2017- FY 2030. The study has suggested five potential sources of gap financing, one of the most important source is Private Sector financing. Therefore, for implementation of SDG properly government should emphasize on the private sector’s connectivity where more than 70% revenue is generated from the Private Sector of the country and that is why our expert paper presenters and panelists discussed on the today’s theme of the Seminar.
Mr. Asad Ullah mentioned few challenges for implementation of SDG:
- For developing country like Bangladesh – specific SDG indicators should be in line with the country context.
- We need to be innovative and work out our own domestic indicators in line with our own development challenges.
- Bureau of Statistics of Bangladesh should be strengthened to address the data gap in order to properly implement the SDGs.
- The next stage of development should be attained through skilled workers and productive employment.
- Private Sector must be aligned with the SDGs, where more than 70% revenue income is generated from this sector.