The GIP Central Asia Office held its first in-person event, the Kyrgyzstan Green Investment Forum, on November 23 in Bishkek, in collaboration with AIFC Green Finance Centre (GFC) and Doscredobank.
The Forum in Kyrgyzstan brought together stakeholders from around the Central Asia and broader region to share experiences and best practices in sustainable finance and related financial regulation, including the implications of COP27 (UN Climate Change Conference) outcomes for the country, as well as to discuss green investment development options.
The central topic of discussion at the Forum was the preliminary draft Taxonomy of Sustainability Projects (classifier of green, social projects) for Kyrgyzstan, presented by the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision, Mr. Beksultan Ibraimov. The document was developed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision of the Kyrgyz Republic with the assistance of the AIFC Green Finance Centre to facilitate further development of the sustainable finance market.
International experts and central bank representatives from countries that had taken the first steps, specifically, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan and Georgia, spoke about the approaches and successes in developing and implementing sustainable taxonomies and shared their assessment of the submitted document. The head of the GIP Secretariat, Cheng Lin, noted that the key to effective taxonomy implementation in China has been the widest possible awareness of all banking and capital market participants with this tool. Aigul Kussaliyeva, Managing Director of the AIFC Green Finance Center, who shared Kazakhstan's experiences, emphasized that a external review of Kazakhstan's Draft Green Taxonomy by the leading developer of climate finance standards - the Climate Bond Initiative - was crucial to ensuring that the taxonomy complied with internationally recognized benchmarks. Ayten Rustamova, EBRD Regional Director for Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, expressed support for the initiative to develop a national taxonomy of the Kyrgyz Republic to provide clear standards and criteria for sustainable projects.
The document proposed by the Ministry of Natural Resources, Ecology and Technical Supervision will be further refined by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce of the Kyrgyz Republic, the National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic and other interested state bodies and stakeholders to be submitted for approval by a joint Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Kyrgyz Republic and the NBKR.
Panels have also discussed ways to scale up green investments in Kyrgyzstan, specifically on sustainable financing tools, green transformation of Bishkek city and its prospects for inclusion in Global Green Finance Index. Representatives from the State Bank of Pakistan have presented the its latest Green Banking Guidelines and risk manual.
On the sidelines of the Forum, the Second Meeting of the Advisory Council of the GIP Central Asia Chapter took place.