MIDF's Green Conference
MIDF organized its inaugural Green Conference on 21 March 2019 which addressed the topic of climate change and specifically how environmental implications of economic activities affect businesses and the financial sector.
The Conference was attended by YB Yeo Bee Yin, Minister of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change. During her conversation with Dato’ Charon Mokhzani, Group Managing Director of MIDF, YB Yeo Bee Yin discussed the Malaysian Government’s vision for the country in the quest of achieving a green, low-carbon emission and climate-resilient economy.
She also shared her Ministry’s aspirations and endeavours to initiate and encourage corporate Malaysia to be leaders in the green movement as well as her thoughts and insights towards stimulating a greener economy and society.
The Conference brought together issuers, investors, regulators, rating agencies as well as stakeholders who provided their thoughts and insights on topics which included green investment and green financing. In addition to encouraging Malaysian corporates to integrate climate considerations into economic decision making and promoting the issuances of green sukuk, the Conference also brought together panelists who offered differing views on companies’ environmental preservation efforts and green financing.
Some of the key panelists at the conference included Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Executive Director of Cenergi SEA Sdn Bhd, Dr. Simon Lord, Chief Sustainability Officer of Sime Darby Plantation Bhd, Tengku Dato’ Ab. Aziz Tengku Mahmud, Chief Executive Officer of PNB Merdeka Ventures Sdn Bhd, Charmaine Chee from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and Ashraf Arshad of The World Bank Group Global Knowledge and Research Hub in Malaysia.
More than 300 participants from corporates, Government related agencies, non-profits and media attended the half-day Conference which was held at the InterContinental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur.