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Danish experience can inspire green transition in Bangladesh

Impressive economic growth has sparked a range of public and private investment initiatives throughout Bangladesh. The important issue now is the country’s ability to ensure – not only continued growth – but sustainable green growth. Four panels of experts and decision makers discussed how Bangladesh can effectively apply energy efficiency, and sustainable waste and water management in various industries at the Green Growth Solutions Conference.

The conference aimed to articulate challenges and opportunities for Bangladesh to transit into a green economy, with inspiration from Denmark’s success in the field. The final goal was to formulate a framework which in practical terms will give a clear direction on how the Bangladeshi economy can keep growing and still honour the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Foreign Minister impressed by Danish green transition
In September 2016, Foreign Minister of Bangladesh, Mr AH Mahmood Ali visited Denmark and was impressed with the Danish Green Transition. He especially admired the fact that the Danish economy has grown 80% percent since the 1980’s but energy consumption has remained flat. The Minister felt that there are elements of the Danish green transition which may also work in Bangladesh.

Inaugurating the conference Foreign Minister Ali said, "Today’s conference will help key decision makers to enrich their understanding on the concept of green growth itself, its adoption for mainstream economy and its applicability to the Bangladeshi context taking cue from Danish green growth experiences in the private and public sector. Bangladesh can be immensely benefited from the evidence-base and literature that will be covered during the conference."

The Ambassador of Denmark Mikael Hemniti Winther also spoke at the inauguration ceremony.

"It is a core element of the Danish development efforts in Bangladesh – and in a global sense – that the Danish experts will share our knowledge and experience on clean energy. I see a huge potential for Danish inspired solution being applied in this country and I hope this conference will boost the green transition of Bangladesh”, said Danish Ambassador Mikael Hemniti Winther addressing the audience.

The conference was hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh (MoFA) and the Embassy of Denmark in Dhaka, in partnership with the Nordic Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and the Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI).