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Project Name: Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP)

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group (WBG)

Project Description:

Since its inception in May 2014, the TSP platform has aimed at developing an effective dialogue and advocacy platform for promoting sustainability in the textile sector of Bangladesh. Composed of stakeholders from government, private sector, non-governmental organizations, and so on, the TSP has driven important results such as contributing towards supplementary duty increase for Zero Discharge on Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and formation of the Green Transformation Fund by the Bangladesh Bank.  To build on the momentum and achievements in an effective and long-term oriented manner, the Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP) has been reconstituted.

The Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP), a public-private dialogue platform, aiming to strengthen environmental sustainability and resource use efficiency in the textile sector of Bangladesh and supported by Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) decided to map roles and responsibilities of the government institutions related to the water sector. The study conducted by BUILD focuses on water overuse and water pollution

Under this project, BUILD would extend research, technical, and secretarial support to the TSP to ensure meaningful operation of the platform. BUILD will submit the recommendations of  TSP before the working committee on Sustainability and Green Growth (SGG) of BUILD that is jointly chaired by Mr. Istiaque Ahmad, Secretary, Ministry of Environment & Forests and Mr. Md. Siddiqur Rahman, President, BGMEA. The working committee will consider and make decisions based on the recommendations. Further, recommendations that need inter-ministerial approval will be placed to high powered Private Sector Development Policy coordination Committee (PSDPCC) at Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) supported by BUILD. 

First orientation meeting of the Textile Sustainability Platform (TSP)

Second meeting of the Textile Sustainability Platform

BUILD Article on TSP

Project Name: Asia and Middle East Economic Growth (AMEG)

Client: Chemonics International & USAID 

Project Description

Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently with Chemonics,  the implementer of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Asia and Middle East Economic Growth (AMEG) project, to coordinate their approach to activities promoting regional connectivity in South Asia through August 2017.

AMEG supports USAID Missions and Bureaus in the Asia and the Middle East regions by providing the necessary tools to conduct successful economic and financial management assessments, strategic planning, diagnostics, pilots, and program designs.

The MOU was signed by Anne Spahr, AMEG Chief of Party, and Ferdaus Ara Begum, Chief Executive Officer of BUILD. Under this MOU , BUILD will serve as a key partner for AMEG on regional activities in 2017 and help identify opportunities for enhancing regional connectivity and trade, facilitate connections with Bangladeshi stakeholders, and provide feedback to the AMEG team when necessary. AMEG will identify opportunities for collaboration with BUILD, develop scopes of work, and enter into agreements that include specific areas for collaboration.

As an example of the work that BUILD and AMEG will do together under this MOU, AMEG and BUILD will help carry out a two-day Task Force Workshop in India in April 2017 to design a demonstration pilot for enhancing regional connectivity. This task force and pilot activity seeks to bring together public and private sector stakeholders to demonstrate the viability and positive impact of allowing express shipments through land ports between Bangladesh and India .

Having signed the MOU, Ferdaus Ara Begum, Chief Executive Officer of BUILD said that all our commitments existing in the MOU will be delivered as planned to enable AMEG activities promoting regional connectivity in South Asia in general and between Bangladesh and India in particular.

Anne Spahr, AMEG Chief of Party said that AMEG is very excited to partner with BUILD in Bangladesh to put some of the recommendations to facilitate trade and new investment into action in the region.

BUILD's Article:

Bangla-India trade: NTBs more stringent than tariff barriers?

Standards need continuous updating

Improving regulatory standards for export diversification

Project name:UNDP-BUILD Project on  Climate Change and Environment Resilience (CCER )

Client: UNDP 

Description of Project:

To support the private sector to make safe investment and sustainable business, BUILD signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on August 13, 2015. According to the MOU, UNDP and BUILD have initiated collaboration for building private sector resilience and to move forward with formation of a new working committee to act as a public private dialogue platform to work together for attaining sustainable growth and greening the economy for addressing climate change challenges.

BUILD and UNDP Bangladesh have signed a Micro-Capital Grant Agreement on August 22, 2016 for implementing a project on enhanced national capacity and promotion of an enabling environment for resilience, better service delivery to the poor and vulnerable and redressing grievance.

The objective of the project is to form and strengthen a PPD Platform for Sustainability and Resilience towards green growth and development as well as to establish a strong partnership for research backed advocacy for the private sector to simplify environment and related policy. According to the agreement, after the implementation of this proposal, it is expected that the following deliverables would have been achieved:

  • A PPD Platform established and formalized
  • Study report completed on ‘How Private Sector can do Business without Polluting Water: A Case of Ready Made Garments (RMG)’
  • Study report completed on ‘Harmonization of CSR Policies in Bangladesh’

Under this project BUILD has already launched its 5th Working Committee on Sustainability and Green Growth and completed two studies, these are on Harmonization of CSR Policies and How to do Business without Polluting Water: A case of RMG. BUILD.

BUILD also organized workshops and FGDs to collect and collate inputs from the private sector as well as generate some relevant publications as part of the project. The project worked towards raising awareness on how private sector can do business without polluting environment.

A series of activities had been implemented under this agreement along with UNDP. The impact of the project would involve lasting change in the way the Government and private sector work together to achieve the nation's development goals and to ensure a sustainable and green Bangladesh.

 Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment:

Outputs

Activities

Deliverables accomplished

Output 1.  A PPD Platform established and Formalized

Name of senior professional staff  involved and designation and/or functions performed:

 

Formalization of 5th Working Committee

5th Working Committee of BUILD on Sustainability and Green Growth Working Committee (SGGWC) has been established

Stakeholder Mapping and updating

Summary notes and Follow-ups

Meeting with the concern public and private sector

2 Individual meetings with MOEF
2 individual meetings with BGMEA

Working Paper, Working Committee Meeting, Minutes preparation and circulation

1 Review meeting at PMO
1 Introductory meeting with MOEF and BGMEA

Publication

Press Releases, Articles, Reports

Output 2. How Private Sector can do Business without Polluting Water: A Case of Ready Made Garments (RMG)

 

Developing a Strategy and an Action Plan

Strategy and an Action Plan for Accomplishing the Study on
How Private Sector can do Business without Polluting Water: A Case of
RMG

Focused Group Discussion (FGD)

Training Workshop on How Private Sector can do Business without Polluting Water: A Case of Ready Made Garments (RMG)

Meeting with Leading Chambers /Associations/ Public/Private Sector

Total 19 Meetings with Public and Private sectors along with Development partners

Publications

Report has been submitted to UNDP

Output 3. Harmonizing of CSR Policies in Bangladesh

 

Developing a Strategy and an Action Plan

Strategy and an Action Plan for Accomplishing the Study on Harmonization of CSR Policies in Bangladesh

Focused Group Discussion (FGD)

Training Workshop on Harmonizing of CSR Policies in Bangladesh

Meeting with Leading Chambers /Associations/ Public/Private Sector

Total 26 Meetings with Public and Private sectors along with Development partners

Publications

Report has been submitted to UNDP

 

 

Project Name: eRegulations: an online step-by-step guide for exporters

Client: International Trade Center & UNCTAD 

Project Description 

With the experience of documenting licences and certificates relevant to various sectors, BUILD has recently undertaken a similar initiative for the export sector. BUILD is working on creating an online step-by-step guide for exporters using eRegulations, an electronic tool developed by United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD). BUILD is partnering with Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) in order to implement this project under the guidance of Ministry of Commerce (MOC). International Trade Center (ITC) and UNCTAD are providing technical and financial support for this initiative.

In an earlier study by ITC, it was found that non-tariff measures (NTMs) are a major hindrance to international trade and market access especially for the exporters and importers especially in the developing countries such as Bangladesh. The study suggests that administrative procedures in the home country regarding export are often very complex and information required to meet the technical and other regulations is not always available. This becomes a serious challenge for the exporting companies and especially for the small and medium enterprises who want to access the international markets.

“Transparency in Trade Procedures” project aims to increase transparency of administrative procedures for businesses in Bangladesh to facilitate export by creating a step-by-step guide for exporters. eRegulations has been used to document and display the export procedures in this online guide. In Bangladesh, export procedures of two products, fresh vegetables and live and chilled fish were documented in the first phase of the project. In the second phase, BUILD and BFTI are working on five more products which have been mentioned as priority sectors for export in the 7th Five Year Plan. These five products include shrimp, leather goods, jute goods, plastic products and pharmaceutical products. The procedures for each product are documented based on market destination as some licences and certificates vary depending on the importing country’s requirements. Table 1 shows the list of destination for each product. 

Project Name: Expert PPD Support to Selected Reform Initiatives with the various Ministries and Agencies

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group (WBG)

Description of Project:

Activity1.Expert PPD Support to PCU and PSDPCC

·         Under this project BUILD undertook issue-based research, organized structured dialogues and conducted targeted advocacy for PSD reforms by the government. Introduced Filtering mechanism and submitted reform proposals to the concerned government agencies. Prepared proposals backed by sufficient research for consideration at the PSDPCC and different committees in the GoB. Organized PSDPCC meetings, follow-up the proposals until these are finally approved by the GoB through Policy Coordination Unit (PCU) and different committees, tracking progress of the implementation of the reforms.

Activity 2: Sectorial PPD Support to BOI, MOI and related GOB agencies

·         Provided technical PPD support to the Board of Investment’s sectoral initiatives through facilitation of the consultation session and sourcing and recommending issues.

·         Conducting an effective and result-oriented PPD for finalizing the proposed industrial policy 2015.Some sectorial reform proposals formally accepted by the government.

Activity 3:Complete Implementation of BUILD’s Sustainability Strategy

BUILD also implemented short to medium term actions to ensure its sustainability in terms of brand, operations/organization, financing and impact. It introduced feedback mechanism through SMS, engaged key-counterparts from Academia and Think Tanks, engage students in BUILD’s initiatives for survey and other purposes.

Description of actual services provided by your staff within the assignment: Officials of BUILD carried out required research for preparing reform proposals for submission to the PSDPCC, organizing PSDPCC meeting, as well as advocated and tracked the progress of implementation of the reforms. Extended sectoral PPD support to BOI (now BIDA) and related government agencies. Prepared a sustainability strategy for BUILD.

BUILD regularly reported to IFC and keep them posted with the progress and achievements of the project. Working Committee meeting and PSDPCC Meeting were held, reforms are implemented and feedback from the private sector were taken through SMS. BUILD has prepared a sustainability strategy and is now working accordingly for sustainability.

Project Name:Divisional Stakeholder Consultations for new Industrial Policy (2015)

Client: International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group (WBG)

Description of Project:

World Bank engaged Business Initiative Leading Development (BUILD) to provide dialogue and consultation service. The main objectives of these consultations with the divisional level stakeholders were to collect their views and opinions on all the relevant issues of industrialization needs for creating an effective policy so that all quarters are benefited and encouraged to establish industries all over the country. Ministry of Industries and BUILD jointly arranged five divisional stakeholder consultations and some expert consultation sessions.

These consultation programmes were attended by more than 500 stakeholders, experts, university teachers, thank tanks, chamber leaders, media personalities etc. The programmes contributed to the finalization ofNational Industrial Policy 2016 to make it more inclusive. The divisional stakeholder consultations were held at Chittagong, Sylhet, Barishal, Rajshahi and Rangpur. Representatives of district chambers and members were invited in these consultations to raise district level issues. The consultation with experts, associations and others were held in the Conference Room of Ministry of Industries. Following are salientpoints of the recommendations emerged out of the consultations:

  • Ensuring onestop service at the Ministry of Industries (MoI) for supporting entrepreneurs;
  • Definition of industries should be revised in a practical way and aligned with other policies;
  • Ensuring non-discriminatory policies and tax holiday benefits for both local and foreign investors;
  • Special incentives to motivate women entrepreneurs and a separate marketing strategy/policy for them;
  • Special incentives for environmental friendly industries etc.