ADFIAP and partners – the European Organization for Sustainable Development (EOSD), the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) and the City of Karlsruhe – successfully held the 9th Global Sustainable Finance Conference (GCSF 9) at the convention center in Karlsruhe, Germany on July 11-12, 2019. Over 100 delegates (22 from ADFIAP) from 32 countries around the world attended the event.
The brief opening session featured addresses by the State Secretary, Ministry of Finance of the Federal State of Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, Mdm. Dr. Gisela Splett, Lord Mayor of Karlsruhe, Dr. Frank Mentrup, EOSD CEO, Mr. Arshad Rab, AADFI 1st Vice Chair, Ms. Patricia Ojangole, and ADFIAP Secretary General, Mr. Octavio B. Peralta.
The overall objective of the GSFC is to contribute in the sustainability transformation of the financial services industry by providing an international forum for key stakeholders from across the world to share knowledge and experiences and to work together for a strong, fair, safe and resilient financial services industry that works in harmony with the natural environment.
The conference covered a wide range of sustainable finance and development topics and highlighted the transformation of development finance institutions (DFIs) in the era of industrial revolution 4.0 into the “DFI 4.0”. The programme was presented in three sessions, namely: Session 1: “Banking and Finance in the Era of 4.0; Session : “Financial Services for a New Sustainable Economy” and Session 3: “Financing Sustainable Development”, with over 20 speakers and moderators, presenting and interacting with the participants.
There was a high level of engagement among all the delegates and rich discussions on issues that are reshaping the entire landscape of banking and finance, sharing win-win solutions and great ideas in making financial industry a powerful player in creating a sustainable world.
The event also afforded the participants to visit Siemens, one of the largest business organizations in Germany and got an orientation on “Industry 4.0” from its experts at the Siemens Demonstration Center.
The conference was also the occasion for the presentation of the Global Sustainable Finance Awards 2019 (please see related story) recognizing outstanding achievements of financial institutions around the world in sustainable project financing, innovative financial services, and business sustainability.
For more information on the GSFC 9, please visit this link: http://www.eosd.org/en/gsfc_fi.html