Istanbul - President of the Islamic Development (IsDB) Group Bandar Hajjar said Turkey and the bank enjoy a very strong partnership.
Speaking to Anadolu Agency (AA), Hajjar said: "Turkey is the fourth largest beneficiary of IsDB Group financing."
So far, the IsDB has invested a total of $11.6 billion in various development projects in Turkey, 45 percent of which was invested over the past five years, he noted.
The bank, through its ten-year strategy, supports different sectors including health, education, transport and energy in Turkey, he said.
"In the energy sector, we have invested over $700 million in renewable energy and energy efficiency enhancement projects to support the Government of Turkey's targets, Hajjar said.
We have also supported around 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy generation and catalyzed around $1.4 billion of relevant investments, he added.
Through its industrial energy efficiency projects, the IsDB Group has reportedly been able to contribute to reducing more than 2 million tons of reduction in CO2 emissions, Hajjar said.
He added that the IsDB Group also supported transportation projects, especially electric locomotives and high-speed trains, the public-private partnership hospital and science projects.
We have also been providing support to Turkish exporters and importers to better reach newer markets and increase their productivity and competitiveness in key sectors such crude oil, coal, plastics, textiles, machinery, and soft commodities in the agricultural sector, the IsDB president said.
The group president said his five-year program aims to find integrated and holistic solutions to the challenges that our member countries are facing while focusing on the root causes of development challenges rather than symptoms."
"Our new business model promotes a change of narrative for development by adopting a growth mindset focusing on job creation and building and strengthening national competitiveness and connectivity to global markets," he added.
Speaking about the private sector's development, he underlined that the bank recommended member countries to create long-term policies and plans to promote labor-intensive high value-added industrialization and improve the quality of education to create a new generation of skilled and semi-skilled workers.
The IsDB has two sciences, technology, and innovation programs -- Engage and newly launched $500 million Transform Fund -- to connect scientists, innovators and entrepreneurs in the online platform and support start-ups and SMEs' ideas, he explained.
The bank supports member countries which face varying economic and social challenges and actively strives to help accelerate their economic growth, improve productivity, and foster decent work, Hajjar said.
He said the bank also supports the private sector through its various programs and products aimed at building capacity, supporting the development of laws, and overcoming obstacles.
Source: International Islamic News Agency