Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh visits CFC
H.E. Mr. M. Riaz Hamidullah, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh to the Netherlands, is seen with Managing Director Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal at the Secretariat of the CFC. H.E. Mr. Riaz Hamidullah came to visit CFC, for the first time, to know more about the activities of the CFC and its impact on the ground. As a commodity-dependent country, Bangladesh, as stated by Amb. Riaz Hamidullah, takes the CFC with utmost importance. Bangladesh expressed their readiness to do more for their people as well as for all poor people in the region.
Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah was alone in the meeting, while Ambassador Belal was accompanied by Ms. Annemarie den Tex, Legal Adviser to the Managing Director.
During the discussion, Ambassador Belal briefed Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah on the current as well as probable future initiatives of the CFC. Ambassador Belal requested Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah to help CFC with their success stories and thereby help CFC to improve the format and character of CFC projects. Amb. Belal also requested Amb. Riaz Hamidullah to introduce CFC to potential stakeholders so that CFC could scale up its work globally. Ambassador Belal wished to see more working relations and partnerships with the countries in the days to come.
Ambassador Belal also briefed Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah on the ongoing initiative on the formulation of a fund titled CIIF (Commodity Impact Investment Facility) and thereby enabling CFC to contribute more to poverty alleviation. Once formed, the CIIF could also be an avenue for Bangladesh to join this impact investment fund as an anchor investor.
Before taking leave, Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah assured that he will do his best to bring good project ideas from his country and the region, and to promote the idea of impact investing as best as he could. Ambassador Belal urged Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah to disseminate the information with business chambers, Ministries, and enterprises so that qualified SMEs/enterprises could submit quality projects from Bangladesh for consideration by the Executive Board of CFC, and to attend potential entrepreneurs from Bangladesh to attend the CFC webinar sessions arranged for potential applicants to the CFC call for proposals.
Ambassador Belal felicitated Bangladesh for its impressive development credentials as well as its leadership globally to address the root causes of climate challenges. Ambassador Belal also briefed Ambassador Riaz Hamidullah about CFC’s formidable work experience with Bangladesh, particularly in the jute sector. CFC remains eager to do more work on jute as an alternative to plastic pollution.
Ambassador Belal assured to pursue more innovative outreaches in the days to come to make the services of CFC available to as many people as possible in the commodity-dependent developing world, with a heightened sense of innovations and creativity.