- OFID Director-General to receive Visionary Leadership Award Expo at GSSD 2012
OFID Director-General to receive Visionary Leadership Award Expo at GSSD 2012
An OFID delegation headed by Director-General Mr. Suleiman J. Al-Herbish will participate in the Global South-South Development (GSSD) Expo 2012, which will hold at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria, from November 19 - 23. On opening day Mr. Al-Herbish, on behalf of OFID, will receive a Visionary Leadership Award, which is being conferred to leaders “championing the development agenda of south-south and triangular cooperation.” This is the first time the award is being presented.
The overarching theme of the expo is Energy and Climate Change: Innovative Partnerships for Sustainable Development. The event is a UN-system wide forum developed by the new United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) to highlight successful Southern development solutions. The summit will be hosted by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
The event will be kicked off with a high-level opening ceremony featuring a number of “powerful champions of South-South cooperation” that will include introductory remarks from Mr. Yiping Zhou, Director of the UNOSSC and welcoming remarks from HE Kandeh Yumkella, UNIDO Director-General, followed by statements delivered by a host of dignitaries. The same day UNIDO and OFID will host a high-level lunch meeting.
Members of the OFID delegation will attend a Leadership Round Table, which will be opened by Mr. Yumkella and feature an interactive dialogue with leaders in South-South and triangular cooperation engaged in “pivotal discussions of critical themes in the global issues of human development.” OFID’s delegation will also attend a number of Solution Forums which will explore different topics related to energy access financing, public-private partnership and climate change. On November 22, Mr. Faris Hasan, Director of OFID’s Corporate Planning & Economic Services, will be a panelist of a mini forum on Public-Private Partnership and Innovative Financing South-South Cooperation. Mr. Hasan will deliver a presentation entitled Integrated Approach to Energy Access Financing that will showcase OFID’s multiple windows of financing for energy projects, including grants and some innovative solutions and integrated approaches, followed by ongoing examples.
OFID will also have a booth at the Solutions Exhibition Floor to showcase some of the institution’s development solutions and latest activities. On the final day of the expo, Mr. Al-Herbish and senior officials from diverse institutions will deliver closing statements, followed by speeches by UNIDO and the presentation of plaques of recognition that will be handed over to all solution presenters of the six Solution Forums that will hold on days two and three of the expo.