CEFI partners with key stakeholders to drive Green Finance agenda in Papua New Guinea

The Centre for Excellence in Financial Inclusion (CEFI) is partnering with key stakeholders and government agencies to drive the plan for Green Finance in Papua New Guinea (PNG). On February 23 the Inclusive Green Finance Policy (IGFP) Project Technical Working Group (TWG) held its first meeting in Port Moresby to discuss project methodologies, risks, partnership opportunities and offer advice that will facilitate overall delivery of the project. The objective of the meeting is for its members to understand the context, goals and work plan of the IGFP project, review the draft green taxonomy and review the proposed activities for 2022-2024. TWG members comprise of government ministries, departments, financial institutions, community representatives and private sector entities. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) serves as the Secretariat for the project with support from Agriculture and Finance Consultants (AFC).
CEFI and key stakeholders pose for a group photo after the meeting.
CEFI Executive Director Saliya Ranasinghe (3rd from left), Bank of PNG Assistant Governor Ellison Pidik (4th left) and AOR / Development Assistance Specialist, USAID Julie Hulama and Maurice Knight (Cardno LGP Chief of party) with the signed financial inclusion partnership documents.
Committee Chair and Assistant Deputy Governor, Financial Systems Stability Group (FSSG), Bank of PNG George Awap, in his welcome remarks, told the committee to embrace the concept of green finance and have regular consultations with all stakeholders to complete the process in the next few months. In September 2020, CEFI requested the GGGI to support in developing an inclusive Green Finance Policy for PNG’s financial sector. The policy aims to increase and facilitate flow of national and international funds and investments in a systematic manner towards businesses, projects and initiatives that would further the PNG government’s goals in, growth or green and sustainable industries, financial inclusion and climate change adaption and mitigation. CEFI Executive Director Saliya Ranasinghe when addressing the TWG stressed on the importance of green finance policy and how Papua New Guinea can tap into green finance with the assistance of financial institutions. “Green finance has been a subject for a long period of time and there has been quite a lot of international commitments for green finance, and there is a need to develop a green finance policy (for PNG).
(from left to right) CEFI Executive Saliya Ranasinghe, Assistant Deputy Governor, FSSG, Bank of PNG, George Awap and GGGI Deputy Country Representative Peniamina Leavai, chairing the meeting.
CEFI Executive Director Saliya Ranasinghe (3rd from left), Bank of PNG Assistant Governor Ellison Pidik (4th left) and AOR / Development Assistance Specialist, USAID Julie Hulama and Maurice Knight (Cardno LGP Chief of party) with the signed financial inclusion partnership documents.

“This will also add credibility to the country to attract funds. When the financial institutions are regulated by the Bank of PNG, having adopted this green finance policy, will definitely attract more funds in the future for PNG,” added Mr Ranasinghe. GGGI Deputy Country Representative Peniamina Leavai when sharing the same sentiments, added that the green finance policy is a new ground and that the world is watching PNG and how the country will venture into this new grounds of green finance. “The green bond market could be worth 2.3 trillion dollars by 2023, it is regarded as meeting the needs of the environment and at the same time our economic growth simultaneously. The question in PNG is how we can make this work for our people,” Mr Leavai added. A key feature of the policy is an inclusive and green taxonomy which helps to identify essential technologies or activities that would contribute to the achievement of Papua New Guinean’s environment and social goals.

The IGFP project technical working group held its first meeting in Port Moresby.
CEFI Executive Director Saliya Ranasinghe (3rd from left), Bank of PNG Assistant Governor Ellison Pidik (4th left) and AOR / Development Assistance Specialist, USAID Julie Hulama and Maurice Knight (Cardno LGP Chief of party) with the signed financial inclusion partnership documents.

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