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The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in partnership with
the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) will be hosting a
Development Bank Day to be held on the 4th of November 2007 at the Lord
Charles Hotel, Somerset West, in Cape Town. The event will be a whole day
affair, starting from 08h30 and finishing at 16h30.


The Development Bank Day heralds a conference to be hosted by the
International Association for Impact Assessment, South Africa Affiliate
(IAIAsa) which will take place on 4th – 7th November 2007. The
conference will deliberate on capacity building in Environmental
Assessment (EA) practice and administration.


Through the Development Bank Day, development finance institutions (DFIs)
and key commercial banks will have an opportunity to exchange notes and
experiences in EA.



Workshop sessions for the day will address the following:



•    Best practices on environmental risk assessment and financial products;

•    Understanding governance, social and environmental sustainability
issues; and

•     Partnership development to ensure best practices are developed,
applied and shared in the region.



Other discussion topics will include Environmental Risk Assessment,
Equator Principles, Performance Standards for Social and
Environmental Sustainability, Sustainability Reporting, and Biodiversity
Impact Assessment and Decision-making. The Development Bank Day
will also coincide with the launch of two important knowledge products
for SADC DFIs, namely:



1.    The Handbook on Environmental Assessment Legislation in the SADC
Region, published by the DBSA in collaboration with the Southern African
Institute for Environmental Assessment.
2.   Towards the Development of Effective Sustainability Reporting Practices
in SADC Development Finance Institutions, a report by Incite Sustainability,
University of Cape Town and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.



Mr Khathutshelo E Tshipala, an environmental specialist at the DBSA,
said about the event,

“This promises to be an insightful event from which development
finance practitioners can learn from each other. As a development
finance institution which understands its corporate citizenship
obligations to the environment, the DBSA looks forward to widening,
through this event, the knowledge base of environmental sustainability
issues in the financial sector.”



“The IDC considers responsible environmental, health and safety as an
obligation to future generations and works actively with its employees,
business partners, the authority and the public to ensure a sustainable
safe and a healthy environment. In that spirit, the upcoming event will
not only offer a platform to share experiences in the field but also an
opportunity to influence one another to improve environmental best
practices through lessons learned from one another,” says Alfred Netch,
Environmental Health and Safety Acting Head.



Development finance professionals, researchers and academics in the
field of development, policy-makers and members of the media are
invited to take part in this Development Bank Day. Those who are
interested can confirm their attendance with Ms Catherine Sepeng on or
before 25 October 2007 (Tel: 011 313 3615, Fax: 011 206 3615). For further
inquiries, please send an email to Ms Catherine Sepeng catherins@dbsa.org
or Mr Khathutshelo E Tshipala khathutshelot@dbsa.org.



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Issued by

Hloni Motloung
Dynamo Africa
Tel: +2711 523 5600
Cell: +2782 218 0506
E-mail: hloni.motloung@dynamoafrica.com
For further information, please contact:

Nonnie Letsholo
Manager: Corporate Communications & Marketing
Development Bank of Southern Africa
Tel: +2711 313 3437
Cell: +2782 884 8072
E-mail: NomvulaL@dbsa.org

The Development Bank of Southern Africa is a leading Development Finance
Institution (DFI) in Africa, South of the Sahara, playing the roles of Financier,
Advisor, Partner, Implementer and Integrator. The Bank maximises its
contribution to sustainable development by mobilising financial, knowledge
and human capital to support Government and other development role-
players in improving the quality of life of people in the region through funding
infrastructure projects; accelerating the sustainable reduction of poverty and
dependency; and promoting broad-based economic growth and regional
economic integration.




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