IsDB Launches Paris Alignment Action Plan to support Climate Action in Member Countries

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 2 June 2022 – Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) President and Group Chairman, H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, while addressing the official opening ceremony of the Group’s 2022 Annual Meetings in Egypt, announced the Bank’s target of fully aligning its activities with he objectives of the Paris Agreement by end of 2023.

The IsDB Group has launched its Action Plan for Operationalization of the Paris Alignment (2022-2023), which aims to support its 57 member countries in mitigating and adapting to climate change as well as harnessing the opportunities it offers. The Action Plan builds upon IsDB’s Climate Change Policy (2019), Climate Action Plan (2020-2025), and a climate finance goal of 35 percent of total financial commitments by 2025.

Climate change threatens the health and wellbeing of human and natural systems and undermines future sustainable development prospects, particularly in developing and emerging economies. As the world’s largest south-south development finance institution – touching the lives of one in every five people globally – the IsDB Group has an important role to play in supporting enhanced climate actions.

The Paris Agreement is a legally binding international treaty on climate change, adopted by 196 Parties at the 21st United Nations Climate Conference in Paris, 2015. Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

To achieve this long-term temperature goal, countries aim to reach global peaking of greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible to achieve a climate-neutral world by mid-century.

Through Paris alignment, IsDB Group’s operations will be consistent with and support the implementation of its member countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions as well as the development and implementation of ambitious long-term climate strategies to help make their economies climate-resilient while moving towards low-carbon development.

To help operationalize the Paris Agreement, multilateral development banks (MDBs), including the IsDB Group, have developed a joint MDB Paris Alignment Approach. The approach comprises six building blocks: (i) alignment with mitigation goals, (ii) adaptation and climate-resilient operations, (iii) accelerated contribution to transition through climate finance, (iv) strategy, enhancement, and policy support, (v) reporting, and (vi) aligning internal activities. IsDB is working collaboratively with other MDBs to develop practical methods and tools to support progress under each of the building blocks. IsDB Group’s Action Plan for Operationalization of Paris Alignment (2022- 2023) aims to internalize the broader MDB Paris Alignment Approach by outlining a clear organizational work plan.

The Paris Alignment Action Plan complements IsDB Group’s realigned organizational strategy, for the period of 2023-2025, which aims to boost recovery, tackle poverty and build resilience, and drive green economic growth. Key strategic pillars include (i) green, resilient and sustainable infrastructure, and (ii) inclusive human capital development, while climate change is a cross-cutting area for all activities.

IsDB Officially Launches Economic Empowerment Portal & Arabic Version of Arabic Version of Its Toolkits for Financial Institutions

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 1 June 2022 - President of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Group Chairman, H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al -Jasser, has officially launched IsDB’s Economic Empowerment Portal and the Arabic Translation of the Three (3) Economic Empowerment Toolkits for Financial Institutions, both developed by the Economic Empowerment Department (EED) under itsSolutions Engineering and Entrepreneurial Design (SEED) Program.

The SEED Program is aimed at developing approaches, tools, manuals, and IT/fintech solutions to enhance the quality and effectiveness of the design and implementation of Economic Empowerment operations in IsDB’s Member Countries.

In his keynote address, the IsDB President stressed “the necessity of building the right ecosystems for an active and efficient contribution by governmental, private and third sector actors in building back better and for the benefit of all”.

Launch of the Economic Empowerment Portal
Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser then officially launched IsDB’s Economic Empowerment Portal, while underlining the fact that this portal “is a means for the Bank to share with the general public the fundamentals of the Bank’s Economic Empowerment Approach, the Initiatives that the Bank has worked or currently working on and most importantly…the fruit of more than 20 years of experience in
dedicated poverty alleviation interventions encapsulated in lectures, conferences, and
detailed step-by-step toolkits and reports”.

Launch of the Arabic Translation of Economic Empowerment Toolkits Dedicated to Financial Institutions
The IsDB President then officially launched the Arabic Translation of the Three (3) Economic Empowerment Toolkits for Financial Institutions.
These toolkits were initially launched in their English version during the 2021 IsDB - Group Annual Meetings in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). They provide are step-by-step guides on Economic Empowerment Design, Islamic Financial Product Implementation, and Monitoring and Evaluation.

In his concluding remarks, the IsDB President invited the development stakeholders to join hands to develop the necessary eco-systems needed to build a better future for the disadvantaged and the destitute. He also stated that IsDB’s Economic Empowerment Approach is one of the pioneering transformations needed to contribute significantly to the global challenges such as employment creation and poverty alleviation.

While announcing that a French Translation of the Economic Empowerment Toolkits should follow very soon, the President expressed hope that “everyone can benefit from the knowledge content that the Bank is sharing with the public, today and that it will serve in setting the best practices for the industry”.

IsDB Group Announces Official Launch of Private Sector Forum (PSF)

•Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser: “During the forum, 50 agreements are to be signed, and 20 events are to be organized." PSF will host 100 speakers, 55 exhibitors, and 1,500 participants".

•Dr. Hala El-Said: “Egypt established the Egypt Sovereign Fund to attract the private sector, and is getting ready to hand over several sectors to the private sector.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 2 June 2022 - The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group has announced the official launch of the Private Sector Forum (PSF) in cooperation with the Egyptian Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, on the sidelines of the Group’s 2022 Annual Meetings hosted by the Arab Republic of Egypt from 1 to 4 June 2022 at the International Convention Center in Sharm El-Sheikh.
The session was commenced by IsDB President and Group Chairman, H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, and the Arab Republic of Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, H.E. Dr. Hala El-Said.
In his keynote address, Dr. Al Jasser stated that the forum includes 20 events, hosting more than 100 speakers, 55 exhibitors, and 1,500 participants. He added that the event will witness the signing of more than 50 agreements, as well as a work session on the Suez Canal Economic Zone, a giant infrastructure project that has strengthened Egypt's trade position in the world. The IsDB Group Chairman also explained that PSF events also feature a session devoted to presenting partnership projects in Egypt, Jordan,Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Dr. Al Jasser further elaborated that cooperation between the
public and private sectors is an economic pillar in the IsDB member countries and is extremely crucial.
“The IsDB Group pays great attention to supporting joint cooperation between member countries, especially the private sector,” he said while noting that IsDB Group’s private

sector development arm, the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), has financed about 505 projects worth US$7.1 billion in various sectors.Furthermore, Dr. Al Jasser referred to the achievements of IsDB Group’s insurance arm, the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) which since its inception in 1994 has provided the required insurance coverage for nearly US$88 billion worth of businesses and investments including exports and imports in 48 member countries. The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), which is IsDB
Group’s international trade arm, has so far provided US$61 billion of financing for energy
imports and US$707 million of funding for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the
private sector in 2021.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Dr. Al Jasser stressed that the IsDB Group is looking forward to the issuance of recommendations that live up to the expectations of all concerned parties. The group will be keeping an eye on the results of the forum to contribute to every event and implement all the recommendations to enhance trade and exchange investments, with the aim of achieving development and establishing partnerships.among member states.
Her Excellency Dr. Hala El-Said, meanwhile, expressed happiness with Egypt’s hosting the IsDB Group’s Annual Meetings for the first time after 30 years. “The world witnessed the COVID-19 crisis and before a full recovery, it is already dealing with the challenges of the current geopolitical crisis that has affected all countries of the world, including IsDB Group member countries,” the Minister added. She stressed the importance of supporting the private sector as a key partner in development.Minister El-Said further elaborated that the Egyptian government started economic reform measures in 2016 based on three trends namely financial, monetary, and the creation of relevant infrastructure to attract the private sector. She pointed out that infrastructure investments over the past few years aimed to improve the quality of life for Egyptians and attract local and foreign private sector investors noting that the reform process is ongoing and gets constantly developed depending on each stage.
According to Dr. Hala El-Said, Egypt has established the Egypt Sovereign Fund for Investment and Development for the first time which mainly aims to attract more private sector participation and seize the opportunities that attract the private sector investors.

She also stated that a few days ago, the state announced that it will be exiting several sectors and will offer them to the private sector. About the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group Rated AAA by the major rating agencies, the Islamic Development Bank is a multilateral development bank that has been working for over 47 years to improve the lives of the communities it serves by delivering impact at scale. The Bank brings together 57- Member Countries across four continents, touching the lives of 1 in 5 of the world population. Its mission is to equip people to drive their own economic and social progress at scale, putting the infrastructure in place enabling them to fulfill their potential. Headquartered in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, IsDB has regional hubs and centers of excellence in 11 of its Member Countries.  Over the years, the Bank has evolved from a single entity into a group comprising five entities: Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), the Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) tasked with research and training, the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment, and Export Credit (ICIEC), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD), and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC).

Novel Solutions Needed to Tackle Poverty, Foster prosperity – Dr.Al Jasser

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 2 June 2022 - The task of fighting poverty and fostering shared prosperity across our communities requires novel approaches, the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and Group Chairman, Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, say.

Dr. Al Jasser made the statement during the opening of the 16th IsDB Global Forum on Islamic Finance, held on the sidelines of the 2022 IsDB Group Annual Meetings in Sharm El Sheikh, the Arabic Republic of Egypt.

The forum, themed ‘Social Entrepreneurship for Shared Prosperity, was organized by the Islamic Development Bank Institute (IsDBI) and discussed the role of social innovation and entrepreneurship in confronting poverty and fostering shared prosperity.

Dr. Al Jasser observed that the combined health and economic crises caused by COVID- 19 have resulted in rising poverty and widening inequalities around the world, disproportionately affecting vulnerable groups.

In view of this, the IsDB President said, that novel socially responsible solutions are needed to tackle poverty. Such solutions would include social innovations that create value by filling the gaps left in the market often caused by market failures.

“In the broader social innovation ecosystem, social entrepreneurship plays a critical role, as entrepreneurship is essential for innovation, job creation, and economic growth,” Dr. Al Jasser added.

The IsDB Group Chairman said while fighting poverty has always been at the core of IsDB’s partnerships and engagements "the COVID-19 pandemic has further compelled us as a development institution to strengthen our efforts in this endeavour to ensure a more inclusive recovery in our Member Countries.”
He observed that some IsDB Member Countries have made remarkable successes in reducing poverty significantly over the years, and it was therefore worth tracking and highlighting the success stories of those countries to serve as a motivation for policymakers and development institutions in other countries.

Earlier, Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, Acting Director-General of IsDBI and IsDB Group Chief Economist, delivered the welcome address and pointed out that achieving the mission of Islamic finance requires working along two dimensions: innovation and social solidarity. The forum, therefore, has two sessions: One addressing poverty, the other social entrepreneurship.

Following the opening session, the first panel session highlighted a joint initiative between the IsDB Institute and Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) to apply multi-dimensional measures of poverty in selected Member Countries including Egypt. Speakers in the session were Dr. Ahmed Kamali, Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Egypt; Dr. Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI; Dr. Sami Al-Suwailem, Acting Director General of the IsDBI and IsDB Group Chief Economist; and Mr. Mohamed Ashmawy, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of Nasser Social Bank, Egypt.

The second panel session focused on the role of social innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing socio-economic challenges and poverty trends. The panelists were Mr. Sahba Sobhani, Director of UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD), and Mr. Ayman Sabae, Co-founder and CEO of the Egyptian Social Enterprise ‘Shamseya’ for Innovative Community Healthcare Solutions. In between the two panel sessions, a launching was held for Massive Open Online Course on Islamic Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IsDBI and IICPSD developed the MOOC through a partnership with Durham University Business School, with the support of the IsDB’s Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Fund. The online course is the first of its kind specifically designed to engage development professionals and Islamic finance stakeholders under the single umbrella of sustainable development and leverage Islamic finance to finance the SDGs. It brings together 27 internationally recognized subject matter experts from 11 countries and 3 continents as course instructors.

In Egypt, IsDB Board of Executive Directors

Sharm El Sheikh, Arab Republic of Egypt, 1 June 2022 – Chaired by Islamic Development
Bank (IsDB) President, H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser,
the IsDB Board of Executive
Directors held its 346th session at Lamborghini International Congress Center in Sharm-
Elsheikh, Egypt, in conjunction with the 2022 IsDB Group Annual Meetings.

At the outset, H.E. Dr. Al Jasser expressed his profound appreciation to the Government
and People of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the host country, for their generous hospitality
and excellent arrangements for the IsDB Group Annual Meetings in Sharm el-Sheikh.

The meeting then approved US$ 176.12 million to finance new road transport, health, water and sanitation, and food security projects in 4 member countries namely Guinea Bissau, Togo, Benin and Cameroon.
The Board Members also gave their approval to the IsDB Annual Evaluation Report 2021 and reviewed several other reports including the 12th Progress Report on the IsDB Group Strategic Preparedness and Response Program (SPRP) that focuses on mitigating the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Details of the development projects approved in the 346 th meeting of the IsDB Board of
Executive Directors are as follows:

  • Guinea Bissau:
    • US$15.8 million for Bissau-Dakar Road Corridor Project – Phase 1: Farim – Dungal (Senegal Border) – Guinea Bissau.
      The project aims to contribute to the internal unlocking of Guinea Bissau and Senegal, and the strengthening of sub-regional integration and trade. The specific objective of the project is to improve by 2026: (i) the level of service of the Farim - Tanaf road via reducing the transport cost by about 45% and increasing the average daily traffic by 130% compared to the 2020 level of service; and (ii) the accessibility and living conditions of about 863,320 inhabitants as per the estimates of 2019.
    • US$42.80 million blended financing comprising US$ 27.80
      million from the Bank and US$15 million from IsDB’s Lives and Livelihoods
      Fund (LLF) for the Strengthening of Health System and Primary Health Care
      Project in Togo.
      The key expected results include the increased use of Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) services coupled with the control of major communicable diseases across the country, construction of 30 health infrastructures, and the rehabilitation of 26 others as well as supplying of their related equipment.
    • US$14.5 million (EUR 13.6) for Water Supply and Sanitation in Four
      , Togo.
      The project will provide safely managed drinking water and sanitation
      infrastructure, community engagement and accountability, project
      management and coordination, financial audit services; Contingency
      Emergency Response Component (CERC).
      The direct beneficiaries of the project by 2027 are 49,000 people.
  • Benin:
    • US$ 18.40 million blended financing comprising US$ 12 million Installment
      Sale financing and US$ 6.4 million LLF Donor Grant funding for the Integrated
      Agriculture Value Chain Development Project
      –(IAVCDP), Benin.
      The expected key results are increased innovative irrigated land under
      Intensive production for rice and maize by 650ha; seed systems built through
      the production of 154 tons of pre-base and base seeds for rice and maize; 900t
      of rice certified seed and 50 tons of maize certified seed produced for 12,000
      ha under modern cultivation techniques; 50km of access roads to be
      constructed; rice and maize productivity increase respectively from 1.5 Ton/Ha
      to 4.5 Ton/Ha and 1.5 Ton/Ha to 3 Ton/Ha.
  • Cameroon:
    • US$84.62 million (EUR 79.44 million) for the Rice Value Chain Development
      Project, Republic of Cameroon.
      The overall objective of the project is to contribute to rice self-sufficiency,
      enhance economic growth, and improve household incomes through improved
      production, processing, marketing, and support for private sector participation
      in the agricultural (rice) value chain.
      The objectives will be achieved through the development of 5,000ha of land;
      rehabilitation of roads; construction of markets; construction of storage

facilities; establishment of rice processing units; capacity building of farmers
and other stakeholders; and access to finance.
This would result in (i) an increase in rice productivity from 4.5 Ton/Ha to 6 Ton/Ha; (ii) an increase in rice National production by 10%; (iii) creation of 210,000 jobs; (iv) reducing post-harvest losses.

Building Back Better through Sustainable Employment and Impact Investing

Promoting an Inclusive Economic Growth in the Post-Coivd-19 World: "Recover Together, Recover Stronger' Agenda and Priorities".

16th IsDB Global Forum on Islamic Finance

Theme: Social Entrepreneurship for Shared Prosperity. Panel Session 1: Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI): An Application to the Egyptian Economy.

Islamic Finance Forum to Explore Achieving Shared Prosperity through Social Entrepreneurship

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, 30 May 2022 - The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Institute is organizing the 16th IsDB Global Forum on Islamic Finance to discuss the role of social innovation and entrepreneurship in confronting poverty and fostering shared prosperity in IsDB member countries.

Under the theme ‘Social Entrepreneurship for Shared Prosperity’, the forum will be held on 2 June 2022 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in conjunction with the 2022 Annual Meeting of the IsDB Group.

H.E. Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, the President of IsDB, will deliver the opening speech, while H.E. Dr. Hala Helmy El Said, Egyptian Minister of Planning and EconomicDevelopment and IsDB Governor, will deliver a keynote address.

During the panel sessions, prominent development practitioners and experts in social innovation will discuss the intractable social problems facing humanity and some of the best ways to address the challenges.

Social problems have been exacerbated across the world by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The forum aims to use Egypt as the case study to highlight innovative approaches to address the socio-economic challenges and achieve shared prosperity globally.

The forum will have two interrelated panel sessions. The first session will highlight the IsDBI-OPHI Briefs, jointly developed by IsDBI and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) at the University of Oxford, to analyse multidimensional poverty in Egypt using the global Multidimensional Poverty Index. In the wake of massive reversals of gains in poverty reduction as result of the COVID-19 pandemic, this analysis report has become more relevant and critical to assess the situation and identify effective and efficient poverty reduction solutions.

The second panel session will be on the role of social innovation and entrepreneurship in addressing socio-economic challenges and poverty trends, and the growing need for innovative solutions to the emerging socio-economic challenges of IsDB member countries.

Speakers in the first panel session are Dr. Sabina Alkire, Director of OPHI; Dr. Ahmed Kamali, Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Egypt; and Dr. Sami Al- Suwailem, Acting Director General of the IsDBI and IsDB Group Chief Economist. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Areef Suleman, Director of Economic Research & Statistics at IsDBI.

The second session will have H.E. Dr. Tarek Shawki, Minister of Education and Technical Education,Egypt; Ms. Nisrine Ouazzani Chahdi, Managing Director of Moroccan Centre for Innovation &Social Entrepreneurship (MCISE); Mr. Sahba Sobhani,Director of UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development(IICPSD); and Nr. Ayman Sabae, Co-founder and CEO of the Egyptian Social Enterprise ‘Shamseya’ for Innovative Community Healthcare Solutions. Dr. Rami Abdelkafi, Team Leader, IsDBI Knowledge Leaders, will moderate the session.

The Arab Republic of Egypt to Host

2022 Annual Meetings of Islamic Development Bank Group in Sharm El Sheikh

Cairo, Egypt, 17 May 2022 - Under the patronage of His Excellency President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, and in response to an official invitation by the Government of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Islamic Development Bank Group is to holds its 2022 Annual Meetings in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, from 1-4 June 2022, under the theme “Beyond Recovery: Resilience and Sustainability”.

The Meetings are to be held this year in light of major economic and geopolitical developments characterized by the noticeable decline in the COVID-19 pandemic and the renewed hope that the world is on track for the recovery phase.

Ministers of Economy, Planning, and Finance from 57 member countries of the Bank will participate in these Meetings. Representatives of international and regional financial institutions, as well as representatives of Islamic banks, national development finance institutions, and unions of contractors and consultants from OIC member countries, will also attend the activities associated with these meetings.

The Meetings will represent an opportunity to study and explore ways to further consolidate economic relations amongst IsDB member countries in today’s changing world. In addition, they will provide avail the member countries of the chance to discuss and maximize cooperation with the participating financing institutions.

This year's Meetings will also witness - for the first time over four days - the holding of a new edition of the IsDB Group Private Sector Forum, in which representatives of major companies and the business community at the local, regional and international levels are expected to take part.

The 2022 Annual Meetings of the IsDB Group will feature “the 47th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Development Bank”, “the 29th Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC)”, and “the 22nd General Assembly of the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD)”.

In the same context, “the 17th Meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)”, and “the 15th Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development (ISFD)” will also be held.

On the occasion, Dr. Hala El-Said, Minister of Planning and Economic Development and IsDB Governor for Egypt, said that the Arab Republic of Egypt is employing all its capabilities to ensure the success of the IsDB Group Annual Meetings adding that the country’s long history and extended relationship with the Bank since its inception in 1974 has resulted in a Group cooperation portfolio of more than US$16 billion.

Dr. Hala El-Said also underlined that the last time an IsDB Annual Meeting was held in her country was in 1991 and, this year, Egypt plans to make history again 30 years on. 

She noted that Egypt will present visions for cooperation and discuss common issues concerning member countries at all levels highlighting that several important side events will be organized, including the Business Forum for the Private Sector and several events related to the preparations for the 27th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP27) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in November 2022, the green economy, achieving sustainable growth and confronting climate change, and other important international issues.

Islamic Development Bank President and Group Chairman, Dr. Muhammad Al Jasser, meanwhile, said that IsDB Group is looking forward to promoting the successful cooperation with Egypt, noting that Egypt’s initiative to host the IsDB Group Annual Meetings this year is an indication of its desire to continue playing its regional role at all levels, the foremost of which is achieving further socio-economic development. 

Dr. Al Jasser then added that the Bank's Board of Governors' approval to hold the Meetings in Egypt is indicative of the Board's appreciation of the leading role of the Arab Republic of Egypt in supporting IsDB Group, and its continuous efforts to support constructive partnerships at various levels.

He also expressed his great confidence in the capabilities that Egypt possesses to make the 2022 IsDB Group Annual Meetings a success and make it a special event that will be ingrained in people's minds for the years to come, God Almighty willing.

مصر تستضيف الاجتماعات السنوية ‌2022‌ لمجموعة البنك الإسلامي للتنمية بشرم الشيخ‌

تحت الرعاية الكريمة لفخامة الرئيس المصري عبد الفتاح السيسي، واستجابة لدعوة من حكومة جمهورية مصر العربية، تعقد مجموعة البنك الإسلامي للتنمية اجتماعاتها السنوية 2022 بمدينة شرم الشيخ بجمهورية مصر العربية في الفترة ما بين 1 و4 يونيو 2022 تحت شعار (بعد التعافي من الجائحة: الصمود والاستدامة).

وتنعقد اجتماعات مجموعة البنك هذه السنة في ظل تطورات اقتصادية وجيوسياسية مهمة تتسم بالتراجع الملحوظ لجائحة كورونا، وتجدد الأمل في دخول العالم مرحلة التعافي.

ويشارك في هذه الاجتماعات وزراء الاقتصاد والتخطيط والمالية في الدول الأعضاء بالبنك البالغ عددها (57) دولة، كما يشارك في الفعاليات المصاحبة لهذه الاجتماعات ممثلون لمؤسـسات التمويل الدوليـة والإقليمية، إلى جانب ممثلي البنوك الإسلامية والمؤسسات الوطنية للتمويل التنموي، واتحادات المقاولين والاستشاريين من الدول الأعضاء في منظمة التعاون الإسلامي.

ووجهت مجموعة البنك الدعوة لأصحاب المعالي محافظي الدول الأعضاء للمشاركة في الاجتماعات، مؤكدة أنها تمثل فرصة لتدارس التطورات الجديدة واستشراف سُبل توطيد العلاقات الاقتصادية بين الدول الأعضاء في ظل التغيرات الدولية المستمرة، بالإضافة لما توفره هذه الاجتماعات من فرص للتباحث مع مؤسسات التمويل المشاركة وتعظيم استفادة الدول الأعضاء من الخدمات والتمويلات التي تقدمها هذه المؤسسات.

كما ستشهد اجتماعات هذه السنة - ولأول مرة على مدى أربعة أيام - انعقاد منتدى القطاع الخاص في نسخته الجديدة، الذي ينتظر أن يشارك فيه ممثلو كبرى الشركات ومجتمع الأعمال على المستوى المحلي والإقليمي والدولي.

ويعقد في إطار هذه الاجتماعات السنوية لمجموعة البنك الاجتماع السنوي 47 لمجلس محافظي البنك الإسلامي للتنمية، والاجتماع 29 لمجلس محافظي المؤسسة الإسلامية لتأمين الاستثمار وائتمان الصادرات، والاجتماع 22 للجمعية العمومية للمؤسسة الإسلامية لتنمية القطاع الخاص، وهاتان المؤسستان أنشأتهما مجموعة البنك بهدف تعزيز الاستثمارات وتنمية القطاع الخاص في الدول الأعضاء. كما يعقد في نفس الإطار الاجتماع 17 لمجلس محافظي المؤسسة الدولية الإسلامية لتمويل التجارة، والاجتماع 15 لمجلس محافظي صندوق التضامن الإسلامي للتنمية.

من جانبها، قالت الدكتورة هالة السعيد، وزيرة التخطيط والتنمية الاقتصادية ومحافظة مصر لدى مجموعة البنك الإسلامي للتنمية، إن مصر تضع كل إمكاناتها لضمان نجاح الاجتماعات السنوية لمجموعة البنك الإسلامي للتنمية، حيث إن مصر لها تاريخ طويل وعلاقة ممتدة بالبنك منذ إنشائه عام 1974 وبلغت محفظة التعاون مع البنك أكثر من 16 مليار دولار.

وأكدت السعيد أن مصر تخطط للاستفادة من الاجتماعات السنوية التي لم تتح الفرصة لعقدها في مصر منذ أكثر من 30 عاماً، حيث عقدت آخر مرة في مصر عام 1991، مشيرة إلى أن مصر تطرح رؤى للتعاون وبحث الموضوعات والقضايا المشتركة بين الدول الأعضاء على كافة المستويات. كما أوضحت أنه سيتم تنظيم عدد من الفعاليات الجانبية المهمة، منها منتدى الأعمال للقطاع الخاص وعدد من الفعاليات المرتبطة بالاستعداد للدورة الـسابعة والعشرين من مؤتمر الأطراف لاتفاقية الأمم المتحدة الإطارية حول تغير المناخ عام 2022، والاقتصاد الأخضر وتحقيق النمو المستدام ومواجهة التغير المناخي، وغيرها من القضايا المطروحة على الساحة الدولية.

من جهته، قال الدكتور محمد الجاسر، رئيس مجموعة البنك الإسلامي للتنمية، إن مجموعة البنك تتطلع لإنجاح التعاون مع مصر، وما مبادرتها لاستضافة الاجتماعات السنوية لمجموعة البنك هذا العام إلا دلالة على رغبتها في مواصلة الاضطلاع بدورها الإقليمي على جميع المستويات، وفي مقدمتها التنمية الاقتصادية والاجتماعية.

وأشار الدكتور الجاسر إلى أن موافقة مجلس محافظي البنك على عقد هذه الاجتماعات في مصر يعكس تقدير المجلس للدور الرائد لجمهورية مصر العربية في دعم مجموعة البنك، وجهودها المتواصلة في دعم الشراكات البناءة على مختلف الأصعدة.

كما أعرب عن ثقته الكبيرة في الإمكانات التي تملكها مصر لإنجاح هذه الدورة وجعلها حدثاً مميزاً يرسخ في الأذهان لسنوات قادمة، بمشيئة الله تعالى.