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Conference on Green Growth

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Growing Green: The Economic Benefits of Environmental Policies

The Ministry of Development and the World Bank hosted an International Conference on the opportunities and challenges of green growth on May 30, 2012. Participants were hearing from high ranking Turkish officials and international guests on their strategies and implementation experiences to date in greening economic development. The conference was opened by Minister of Development Cevdet Yılmaz and Martin Raiser Country Director of the World Bank in Turkey.  

" Turkey has experienced impressive economic progress over the past decade and has introduced progressive environmental regulations, driven by the ultimate objective of compliance with the European Acquis. Today we have a chance to review to what extent ‘growing green’ presents Turkey and other middle income countries with new opportunities for jobs and wealth creation." - Martin Raiser, World Bank Country Director for Turkey

Greening the developmental trajectory aims to attain a balance between economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability. During the course of the Conference, many national and international experts on this subject looked into the need to have inclusive green growth – growth that is efficient in its use of natural resources, clean in that it minimizes pollution and environmental impacts, and inclusive for the population. Specific experiences from Asian countries such as China and South Korea were shared by senior experts. The role of Energy Efficiency in Green Growth as well as addressing the Social Impacts of Green Growth Policies was also discussed.


Agenda

Opening Speech 
-Martin Raiser, Country Director for Turkey, World Bank 
-Cevdet Yilmaz, Minister of Development

Inclusive Green Growth: The Pathway to Sustainable Development 
-Michael Toman, Lead Economist, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

Green Growth in China 
-Yongsheng Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, Development Research Center of the State Council, People's Republic of China

Green Growth in South Korea 
-Bok-hwan Yu, Secretary General, Presidential Committee on Green Growth, South Korea

Green Growth in Turkey 
-Sema Bayazit, Department Head, Ministry of Development

Panel discussion:
-M.Cuneyd Duzyol, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry of Development
-Kulsum Ahmed, ECA Sector Manager of Environment, World Bank
-Michael Toman, Lead Economist, Sustainable Development Network, World Bank
-Yongsheng Zhang, Senior Research Fellow, Development Research Center of the State Council, People's Republic of China
-Bok-hwan Yu, Secretary General, Presidential Committee on Green Growth, South Korea

Energy Efficiency in Green Growth
-Gary Stuggins, ECA Lead Energy Economist 
-Erkan Gurkan, President, Energy Efficieny Association (ENVER)
Addressing the Social Impacts of Green Growth Policies 
-Caterina Ruggeri Laderchi, ECA Senior Economist, World Bank
Wrap-up: Green Growth - Challanges and Opportunities
-Uwe Deichmann, ECA Senior Environmental Specialist 
-Erinc Yeldan, Professor, Bilkent University  



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