UNESCAP head calls for environment care among businesses

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VIENTIANE, Laos\04 November 2012 by Frencie Carreon—The Director General of Trade and Investment Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) today urged world business and economic leaders, all small-to-medium enterprises managers,  and trade investors to bring into their respective business development thrusts   considerations for the environment.

“Businesses should do take into responsibility our environment.  These should not be treated as charities, as corporate social responsibility, but as part of the regular course of business,” Ravi Ratnayake said,   at the plenary session on ‘Current and Future Trends in Asia—Europe Economic and Business Relations’ in this year’s 13th Asia-Europe Business Meeting held here.

“This is the time to do a paradigm shift to all businesses,” he stressed, as he cited this year’s AEBF theme which is “Caring for the Earth—for sustainable economic and business in Asia and Europe.”

Environment and economic-trade challenges are among the lead agenda in this year’s 13th Asia-Europe Business Forum that opened this morning at the Lao Plaza Hotel here.

Lao  People’s Democratic Republic Prime Minister Thongsing Thammang, who formally opened the forum said, the event provides a “great opportunity to exchange experiences and lessons learnt in view of finding proper solutions to cushion  the impact” of the current economic crisis.

It is “of great significance as it is being held at a time when the global environment has undergone complex challenges especially on the economic side after the occurrence of recent financial crisis among other negative impacts which have caused the economic downturn posing direct impact to the livelihood of people at different levels.”

Among the special breakout sessions that followed were on environmental challenges and food sec urity, energy and sustainable management of natural resources, good public and corporate governance for smooth trade and investments.

As the 9th AEBF reeled on, participating Asian delegates during the plenary sought for a reassurance on the impact of the trade relations between Europe and Asia following the Eurozone Crisis.

French Professor Jacques Gravereau, president of the Eurasia Institute, Haute Etude Commerciale (HEC),  strongly reacted and emphasized that “the euro is not dead” and that “the euro will survive.”  To this, EU-Asia Center Director Dr. Fraser Cameron of Belgium assured Asians that “the euro is a strong currency” and that “internal problems (among the 27-member states of the EU) are overcome.”  He cited the “dramatic changes (in the EU) within the past eighteen years” but reasserted that the EU will overcome the crisis.

Lao Prime Minister Thammavong said, “Business cooperation between the two continents will provide greater opportunity to explore all ways and means including adopting suitable mechanism to collectively address the issues of common concerns and to promote economic, trade and investment cooperation and bring about greater benefits to our two regions, Asia and Europe.” (Frencie Carreon, The PhilSouth Angle)

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