Task Forces - ESBN

  1. Task Force on Green Business
    Chair: Mr. Carson Wen

    Area of Focus:
    Optimizing the positive impacts of business on the environment and minimizing the negative ones


    • Identify and disseminate good practices on green business
    • Promoting the reduction of waste and the carbon foot print of businesses
    • Increasing use by businesses of renewable energy sources and maximizing energy efficiency
    • Improving recycling and re-use of resources by businesses
    • Increasing the use and production of environmentally sustainable product and services by businesses
    • Adoption of global sustainability platforms and instruments, including sustainability reporting by businesses
    • Identify and disseminate good practices on green business through cost-effective media such as Internet
    • Prepare check-list for SMEs to evaluate their compliance with “green” business practices
    • Identify projects/activities on green business for implementation by the Task Force
    • Identify commercial projects on green business
    • Contribute to improving governance and policies on green business
    • Raise awareness among stakeholders on the need for green business, the greening of business and the active role to be taken by business in this regard
  2. Task Force on Disaster and Climate Risk Reduction
    Chair: Mr. Asif Ibrahim

    Area of Focus:
    Promotion of roles of private sector in disaster and climate risk reduction and building of resilience as guided by global and regional frameworks.

    Policy Drivers

    • Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030
    • Paris Agreement under the UNFCCC
    • 2030 Agenda for SDGs
    • ESCAP Resolution 71/12 on the Regional mechanisms for SFDRR


    • Raising awareness on the role of business in DRR & CCA
    • Promoting the DRR / CCA on investment and business processes
    • Identifying opportunities for addressing poverty and DRR & CCA
    • Advocating for better enabling environment
    • Promoting the resilience of businesses particularly SMEs in developing countries especially the LDCs, LLDCs, and SIDs

    Integrate DRR & CCA into development and business

  3. Task Force on Banking and Finance
    Chair: Mr. Lee George Lam

    Area of Focus:
    Promoting and mobilizing financial resources for inclusive and sustainable development, and encouraging banks and financial institutions to adopt responsible and sustainable business practices


    • Engaging banks and financial institutions in promoting inclusive and sustainable development
    • Promoting the availability of investment and working capital for social enterprises and enterprises headed by women and young people
    • Promoting the adoption of responsible business practices and corporate sustainability accounting by banks and financial institutions
    • Promoting the overall availability of finance for MSMEs, in particular those that are start-ups, green, and social SMEs
    • Promoting the engagement of private banks and financial institutions in funding development projects, including the provision of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance
    • Promotion and/or expansion of innovative mechanisms, such as crowd-funding and securitization, to ease and facilitate access to finance
    • Identification of good practices in responsible and sustainable banking and finance
    • Raise awareness and undertake policy advocacy in the area of responsible and sustainable banking and finance and the need for enhanced credit to MSMEs, in particular those that are start-ups by young people and women and those that are green
    • Undertake capacity development through training and demonstration projects
  4. Task Force on Digital Economy
    Mr. PHANG Yew Kiat

    Digital Economy Taskforce's key focus will be on "enhancing competitiveness by leveraging technology and digitization in developing economies, particularly in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region (GMS). The Taskforce will address competitive enhancement at two levels: 1) at policy framework level working with select governments to expand technological competitiveness of the nation, 2) at the level of SMEs that can enhance firm-level competitiveness in a global marketplace.


    Rapid technological innovations and subsequent adoption of these new innovations in economic development are creating differentiation between competitiveness of nations. Countries that actively promote and use digitization in government affairs, trade development, financial services, industrial and manufacturing platforms are able to enhance overall national productivity.

    Technologically savvy populations in these nations position the country for higher growth and sustainable competitive advantage. Similarly, this phenomenon is replicated at firm level, where individual businesses can use technological solutions to make their production-to-end-distribution supply chains more competitive. Thus, enhancing SMEs' technological capabilities can serve as an enormous competitive tool as these SMEs compete in a global context.

    Finally, government and private sector working together can create an environment where leveraging digitization can create long-term productivity gains. Recognizing the above premise, the Taskforce has decided to champion this important initiative.


    Taskforce values are aligned with and draw their essence from United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the overarching value system. In addition, the individual projects will support and promote the “triple bottom-line” principles via the application of digital technologies to enhance social, environmental and economic performance i.e. People, Planet and Profit.

  5. Task Force on Innovation and Competitiveness
    Mr. Akash Bhavsar

    Area of Focus:
    Improving innovation, design and technology transfer and evelopment of enterprises, with focus on SMEs.

  6. Taskforce on Youth and Women Entrepreneurship
    Chair: Mr. Pedro Eloy

    Area of Focus:
    Promoting business leapfrogging and economic growth of young entrepreneurs from ESCAP Member States by establishing and expanding entrepreneurial ecosystems.

    Taskforce values, scope and modalities are intrinsically aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the overarching value system of ESBN.

    Scope and Objectives:

    • Creating Opportunity Corridors (OCs) based in the Asia-Pacific and adjacent Silk Road regions and for those aiming at creating or developing a business therein, including value-based digital platforms to support young entrepreneurs activities
    • Creating, co-contributing and supporting Young Entrepreneurship programs that foster innovation, business opportunities, gender equality, environmental sustainability and social inclusiveness
    • Disseminating entrepreneurial best practices and business ethics in different entrepreneurial modalities
    • Enabling International connectivity hubs for a high-mobility, new generation of Young Entrepreneurs
    • Creating, enabling, leveraging from and supporting entrepreneurial-related Information networks to better support young entrepreneurs
    • Identifying and facilitating novel educational channels that promote ongoing education and professional development
    • Promoting initiatives for gender equality, reducing inequalities and “leaving no one behind”
    • Promoting the connection and active engagement of the business sector with young entrepreneurs through participation in taskforce activities and programs


    • Identifying key players in entrepreneurial value chains and connecting them to the taskforce ecosystem
    • Undertaking an active role in partnering and exploring joint opportunities with research institutes, policy / government / non-government bodies
    • Promoting entrepreneurial education programs from both offline Institutions and MOOCs
    • Defining, framing and supporting the drafting and dissemination of upcoming policies, procedures and best practices to promote entrepreneurship excellence
    • Exploring opportunities in public-private sector collaboration
    • Leveraging from digital technology tools to enable interaction and information dissemination of taskforce activities.
  7. Task Force on Agriculture and Food
    Mr. Thirach Rungruangkanokkul

    To mobilize “Sustainable Development Goal 2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, promote sustainable agriculture” through EBAC/ESBN networks, policy makers, agricultural and food organizations.


    • To gather, develop, demonstrate, and advocate successful agricultural and food sustainable models to Asia and the Pacific region through EBAC/ESBN networks, Agricultural Cooperatives, Public and Private sectors.
    • To identify and integrate food safety and food sovereignty practices to private agricultural and food knowledge management centers for policy makers, business sectors, and CSOs in Asia and the Pacific
    • To empower small holder farmers, small and medium food companies through food safety management, market accessibility, and sustainable food value chain.
    • To link urban markets for the best agricultural practices, agriculture and food technology, cost effective processing technology, food and labeling safety standards