Dr Bandar Hajjar, President of the Islamic Development Bank is undertaking an official visit to Pakistan during the period between 2 to 4 May 2019 during which he will meet Prime Minister Mr Imran Khan, the President of Pakistan Dr Arif Alvi and a number of Ministers and leaders in the Public and Private Sectors, Philanthropic Organizations, Universities and Research Centers.

The objective of the visit is to reinforce the already strong relationships between the IsDB Group and Pakistan and discuss the various initiatives which will be presented by the Group in the areas of Science, Technology and Innovation, Value Chains, Economic Empowerment and Public Private Partnerships in order to contribute to the implementation of the Roadmap, which was recently launched by the Government of Pakistan. IsDB Group commitment and contribution towards development in Pakistan is available in detail here: https://books.isdb.org/view/631198/2/

IsDB will also host their 5th edition of the Transformers Roadshow, a competition for innovators who specialise in science and technology to pitch new ideas to win one off funding from the IsDB to progress solutions to local problems. These ideas will be geared toward providing solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals to a high-level panel of experts, with the winner being awarded $3,000. They will also have the opportunity to benefit from a day of masterclasses and mentoring

HE the President, IsDB will be accompanied by a delegation representing the members of the Islamic Development Bank Group including Islamic Corporation for the Development of Private Sector (ICD), International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), Islamic Corporation for Insurance and Export Credit (ICIEC), in addition to the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI).

As part of this visit, Dr Hajjar will also discuss a new development model, set out in his new book “The Road to the SDG’s: A New Business Model for a Fast-Changing World”, launched at the 2019 IsDBG Annual Meeting. In the book, Dr. Hajjar outlines that the SDGs represent a new era, raising the level of development finance required from the order of billions to that of trillions and that the sheer magnitude of these challenges is beyond the capacity of any individual institution. The book is available via the following link: http://digital.tudor-rose.co.uk/the-road-to-the-sdgs/eng.