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Annual Conference of the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED)
Financing Sustainable Development
in Arab Countries

8-9 November 2018
Le Bristol Hotel Beirut - Lebanon

Agenda  
Conference Agenda

  

PROVISIONAL AGENDA

FRAMEWORK


DAY 1, THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER

8:00-9:00 Registration

9:00-10:00 Opening  

  • Welcome: H.E. Dr. Adnan Badran, Chairman, AFED Board of Trustees
  • AFED Work Report 2018: Najib Saab, Secretary General, AFED

- Keynote: Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President, World Bank Group
- AFED Lifetime Achievement Award
- Testimonial: Suleiman Al-Herbish, Director General (2003-2018), OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID)

10:00-10:30 Networking Break

10:30-12:00 Session 1
AFED Report Presentation & High-Level Debate

  • Presentation of Report Findings (AFED & ESCWA)
  • Statements and Comments on Findings- Ministers and Heads of Organizations

12:00-13:00 Session 2
Challenges and Opportunities in Financing SDGs : Role of Development Funds and Banks

  • Dr. Abdulkarim Sadik, Senior Economic Adviser, Kuwait Fund- KFAED (Moderator)
  • Tessa Terpstra, MENA Regional Envoy for Water & Energy Security, Netherlands
  • Dr. Rami Ahmad,  Special Envoy on SDGs and Senior Advisor to the President, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB)
  • Mr. Anthony Cox, Deputy Director, Environment Directorate, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)- Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth
  • Dr. Mattia Romani, Managing Director, Economics, Policy, and Governance Department, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

13:00-14:00 Lunch and Networking
 
14:00-15:00 Session 3
Financing Sustainable Energy

  • Ms. Glada Lahn, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House - The Royal Institute, London (Moderator)
  • Dr. Ibrahim Abdelgelil, Adjunct Professor, Arabian Gulf University, Bahrain
  • Dr. Osamah Alsayegh, Executive Director, Energy and Building Research Center, Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR)
  • Dr. Ahmed Badr, Executive Director, Regional Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (RCREEE), Cairo
  • Dr. Raed Bkayrat, Managing Director, Clean Energy Business Council, Dubai

15:00-16:00 Session 4
The Business Case for Financing Sustainable Development

  • H.E. Khaled Irani, CEO, e2e, Former Minister of Environment & Energy, Jordan (Moderator)
  • H.E. Dr. Nasser Saidi, CEO, Nasser Saidi & Associates, Chairman, Clean Energy Business Council
  • Dr. Leila Dagher, Director, Institute of Financial Economics, AUB
  • Mr. Jean Trabulsi, Head of Marketing & Communications, Bank Audi 
  • Mr. William Saab, Senior Consultant, New Foresight- Sustainable Business Consultants, The Netherlands

 

DAY 2, FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER

9:00-10:00 Session 5
Aligning the Financial Systems with SDGs

  • Hussein Abaza, Adviser to the Minister of Planning, Egypt, and Former Chief of Trade Division, UNEP, Geneva (Moderator)
  • H.E. Dr. Saad Andary, Vice Governor, Banque du Liban
  • H.E. Gamal Negm, Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Egypt
  • Ms. Amal El Araby, Manager, Sustainable Development, Commercial International Bank (CIB), Cairo
  • Dr. Mazen Soueid, Chief Economist, Bankmed, Beirut

 

10:00-11:00 Session 6
Financing Development by Fighting Corruption

  • Dr. Nassif Hitti, Former Ambassador, Director, Higher Institute of Political and Administrative Sciences, USEK, KASLIK, Lebanon (Moderator)
  •  Mr. Patrick Moulette, Head of Anti-Corruption Division, Organization for Economic Cooperation and  Development (OECD)
  • Mr. Moctar El-Hacene, Director, Economic Development & Integration, ESCWA
  • Mr. Arkan El-Seblani, Chief Technical Advisor on Anti-Corruption and Integrity, UNDP Regional Hub for the Arab States
  • Dr. Ayman Fathi, Financial Advisor, State Audit Bureau, Kuwait

11:00-11:30 Networking Break

11:30-12:30 Session 7
Access to Finance for Green Economy Entrepreneurs
Organized by SwitchMed, Barcelona

12:30-13:00 General Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch and Networking

14:00-15:00 Youth Messages
AFED’s Future Environment Leaders Forum (FELF)

15:00-16:00 Closing Session
- Closing Statements
- Recommendations

 

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Organizing Partners
ESCWA

FAO

Switchmed

Platinum Sponsor
 
Gold Sponsor
Kuwait

OFID

Silver Sponsor
Cimenterie

Kuwait

Bank

aramex

 
 
 
 
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
 
  Corporate and industry leaders
  Government organizations with responsi bility for the environment, development, resource management, planning, economy and finance
  Environment experts
  Financial institutions
  Academic and research institutions
  NGOs dealing with environment and development
 
REPORT OBJECTIVES
 
  Collect and disseminate first hand sectoral and cross-sectoral data on financing sustainable development in the Arab countries
  Identify barriers to sustainable development in Arab countries
  Recommend actions and policy measures required to bridge the current gaps in the current government policies
  Raise public awareness and trigger informed policy debate about the importance of environment accounts as a strategic step towards shifting to green economy
 
 
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