Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones organiza seminario para promover sensibilización respecto de la gestión ambiental

24/10/2000

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - Representatives from financial institutions from Latin America and the Caribbean gathered in Buenos Aires, Argentina today to participate in the Improving Environmental Management in the Financial Sector workshop being hosted by the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC1), a member of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. The workshop will continue through October 27, 2000, and will center on how financial institutions can integrate environmental management practices in their operations and map out strategies for turning those practices into competitive advantages.

The workshop opened with a breakfast and a morning session on the subject "Ecoefficiency and Profitability" co-hosted by the IIC and Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires. In his opening remarks Mr. Jacques Rogozinski, General Manager of the Corporation, touched upon topics such as the importance of conserving resources to reduce input costs and help prevent depletion of irreplaceable assets and the effects of resource depletion and pollution on labor productivity. He stressed the importance of complying with international environmental protection and workplace health and safety and labor standards, as well as the commercial advantages of aspiring to such standards.

Dr. Oscar Massei, Argentina's Secretary of Sustainable Development and Environmental Policy, and Mr. Hector Arzeno, Manager, International Department of Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires, welcomed the participants and endorsed the objectives of the meeting. They were followed by the guest speakers: Mr. Richard Wells of the Lexington Group, who spoke on achieving superior environmental performance recognition through certification; and Mr. John Paul Moscarella of Ecoenergy International Corporation, who discussed environmental and resource protection, energy efficiency, and cleaner production. Among the guests present was Mr. Federico Braun, Director of the Banco de Galicia y Buenos Aires.

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1La Corporación Interamericana de Inversiones es una institución financiera multilateral que forma parte del Grupo del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo. Proporciona financiamiento (en forma de inversiones de capital, préstamos, garantías y otros instrumentos) y servicios de asesoría a empresas privadas de América Latina y el Caribe. Su misión es promover el desarrollo económico de sus países miembros prestatarios regionales, estimulando el establecimiento, la expansión y la modernización de empresas privadas, particularmente las de pequeña y mediana escala. La CII cuenta con treinta y siete países miembros: veintiséis en América Latina y el Caribe y ocho en Europa, más Estados Unidos, Japón e Israel. Para obtener más información sobre las actividades de la CII, visite nuestro sitio Web (www.iadb.org/iic) o llame al Sr. Jorge Roldán al teléfono 202-623-3948.

Contacto: Jorge Roldán

Teléfono: (202) 623-3925

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