Monday, 12 May 2008

Q and A:s from China and Bangladesh at Globe Forum

I could not have been put in a better spot, or more difficult. On a panel during Globe Forum I was sitting beside Dipal Barua from Grameen Shakti and had Edward Law from CCTVs Bizchina as a moderator asking questions.

This is a setting that I hope we will see more of in different settings. Having world leading people from emerging economies like Dipal, makes it clear that a lot of initiatives in OECD that are called “green” are nothing more than marginal end-of-pipe solutions without any global relevance. The “Grameen approach”, both in finance and for energy solutions, is really amazing and I hope to explore ways we can collaborate to expand this in China and India.

Then with questions and reflections for China helps to put things in perspective and avoid the usual marginal thinking that usually dominates events in OECD.

Congratulation to the organizers at Globe Forum for this session, this challenge I want to get over and over again. I also hope that the politicians and business leaders will be in similar situations often enough for them to integrate concern for the emerging economies and have a global perspective in everything they do.