Sustainable Finance 2017 : President stresses on sustainability

Sustainable Finance 2017 : President stresses on sustainability

Sustainable Finance 2017 : President stresses on sustainability

Written by Keshala Dias

28 Feb, 2017 | 9:14 pm

The opening session of the Workshop on “Sustainable Finance 2017” got underway on February 28 under the auspices of President Maithripala Sirisena.

Experts in the field including senior officials of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, were present at the occasion.

At the occasion, the President noted that 2017 was declared as the year to eliminate poverty as nearly 30% of our population is facing poverty and severe economic instability, especially as a state which provides welfare and economic policies it follows.

“I firmly believe that through this workshop, you will take a successful step to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goals and its national programme with the guidance of international experts”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka Dr. Indrajit Coomaraswamy noted that as Sri Lanka is a new member to the Sustainable Banking Network, Sri Lanka has the opportunity to learn from the lessons and the experiences from other countries and to determine our own path in sustainable finance through accelerated actions.

He went on to note that President Sirisena has put sustainability at the heart of economic development.

Furthermore, he said that the Central Bank’s vision is to play a catalytic role in fostering an environmentally and socially responsible banking sector.

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