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IFC Helps Central Asian Companies Improve Corporate Governance, Sustainability

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, May 17, 2012 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is advising Central Asian companies and banks on improvements to their corporate governance systems, strengthening their operations and making it easier for them to access financing.
IFC is organizing a corporate governance program to help boards of directors and managers incorporate best international corporate governance practices into their operations. This week’s two-day, in-depth training workshop is bringing together up to 40 representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan to discuss and share experience on building effective boards of directors in their companies.
As part of IFC’s strategy to build local capacity, the workshop also trains several consulting firms and non-governmental organizations, including associations of banks of the Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, all of whom will continue to help local companies and banks improve corporate governance.
“This workshop is extremely important since it is targeting not only banks and the biggest microfinance organizations, but also the Interbank Training Center, which will provide professional education on corporate governance to financial institutions and corporations in Tajikistan,” said Valeriy Kim, Deputy Chairman of the Association of Banks of Tajikistan.
Sergii Tryputen, IFC Project Manager, said, "A competent board of directors is one of the key elements of a good corporate governance system. The priorities for companies should be ensuring transparency and making their boards of directors more professional.”
In addition to advising companies and banks on improvements to their corporate governance, IFC will work to enhance the capacity of local organizations to continue promoting corporate governance improvements in their countries.
IFC’s Central Asia Corporate Governance Project is implemented in partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development. The project helps local joint stock companies and banks strengthen their corporate governance practices to increase their ability to attract financing and manage risks.  
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