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Writer Invest Seoul Day18-10-29 16:39 View189

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Sustainable Financial Solutions Sought at Seoul International Finance Conference

 


 

'Seoul International Finance Conference 2018’ was held on October 16 in Yeouido Conrad Hotel, under the joint sponsorship of Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Financial Supervisory Service of Korea. The purpose of the conference was to seek sustainable growth throughout the world in the rapidly changing financial environment of the 21st century, grasp the changes in the financial sector that will occur as a result of the ‘Sustainable Finance’ paradigm that will be implemented to resolve global problems, and prepare a strategy to develop into a major city in Asia.

 

The conference dealt with the broad theme of “Seoul's challenges and opportunities as the central city in sustainable finance” in three sessions with the following subthemes: ‘Methods for activating sustainable banking and the role of the central finance city’; ‘The banking industry's challenges and opportunities in relation to climate change response’; and ‘Ways to promote social finance for the realization of social values’ with about 300 participants that included distinguished financial experts both from Korea and abroad.

 

Leonie Schreve, director and global head of sustainable finance at ING Bank, delivered the keynote speech on the topic of ‘Methods to activate sustainable banking and the role of the central finance city’ which was a review the changes pursued by the governments of major nations and the global financial industry to prepare for climate change, as well as the global trend of social finance, and proposed ways to expand sustainable finance in Korea and the role and strategy of Seoul Metropolitan Government.

 

The topic of the second session was ‘Challenges and opportunities of the banking industry in relation to responding to climatic change’ and the speakers were Rongrong Huo, international advisor of City of London Green Finance and representative of Investech Asset Management; Mike Wardel, Head of Indices at Z/Yen Group; and Jonathan Drew, managing director of infrastructure and real estate group at HSBC Hong Kong branch.

Rongrong Huo, the international advisor of City of London Green Finance and representative of Investech Asset Management, introduced the roles and opportunity factors of the banking industry to respond to climate change including global warming and the strategy of London to promote Green Finance.

Mike Wardel, Head of Indices at Z/Yen Group, proposed a direction for Seoul to develop into a global green central finance city by analyzing the world's green central finance cities and finding suggestions.

Jonathan Drew, managing director of infrastructure and real estate group at HSBC Hong Kong branch, proposed the trend of the global green bond market and the strategy of Seoul to develop into a green finance hub.

 

In the final session, global leaders and experts in finance including Shlomi Zidky, Katie Feeney and Arthur Wood introduced examples of social finance in advanced financial countries such as Israel and Australia and discussed the strategy of Seoul on the topic of ‘Ways to promote social finance for the realization of social values, and the role of the central finance city.’

Shlomi Zidky, a chief operating officer at Social Finance Israel, introduced the global trend of social finance and the strategy used by the Israeli government to promote social finance.

Katie Feeney, director of social investment & innovation in NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, proposed the direction Seoul could pursue to be the center of social finance in Asia, referring to the Australian government's policy on social finance.

Arthur Wood, the founder of Total Impact Capital, presented the roles and opportunities of traditional banking institutes according to the growth of the social finance market and Seoul's strategy to develop into the central city in social finance. 

 

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