Professor Yunus addresses healthcare and ageing in Tokyo, at International Social Business Forum in Japan

Press Release (22 February 2017)

Tokyo Governor Seeks Yunus' Advice for 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic and women entrepreneurship in Tokyo

Governor of Tokyo, Ms Yuriko Koike, who is also the former Environment Minister of Japan, called on Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus during his trip to Japan to discuss social business opportunities and women entrepreneurship in the Tokyo city. Governor also invited Professor Yunus to address a special consultative session with Olympic officials who are organizing the Tokyo Summer Olympic 2020.

Nobel Laureate Professor Yunus discussed how social business can offer innovative solutions to healthcare issues related to Japan's aging population while delivering the keynote speech at the first social business International Conference on Healthcare, SDGs, as chief guest organized by Kyushu University and Asahi Newspaper on February 21st, 2017 held at Asahi Hamarikyu Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Professor Yunus talked about the aging society, changing pattern of healthcare and how the young can contribute to this social need. Governor of Tokyo, who was former Environment Minister if Japan, Yuriko Koike spoke as a guest speaker. People from Academia and Industry were the audience of these programs. Professor Yunus also awarded the winner of Yunus and Youth Social Business Design Competition conducted by Kyushu University Yunus Shiiki Social Business Centre. Governor of Tokyo had an exclusive meeting with Professor Yunus regarding application of social business concept in creating a city-wide program of women entrepreneurship.

Yunus Centre Rejoinder on Allegations Regarding Padma Bridge, Tax Evasion and Illegal Money Transfer Abroad

16 February, 2017

In the last several days there have been strong accusations made against Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus by the top lawmakers of the country including the Honorable Prime Minister, her son, ICT Advisor to the PM, as well as a number of Ministers and Members of Parliament through posts on Facebook, on the floor of the Parliament, at press conference as well as in policy meetings, where he has been accused in harshest language and terms of being behind creating false allegations of corruption in the Padma Bridge project and the suspension of funds for Padma Bridge. Professor Yunus has never made any statement private or publicly to anyone about the possibility of corruption in the Padma Bridge project at any time. We condemn the false and baseless accusation against Professor Yunus. On the contrary, Professor Yunus made repeated statements beginning as early as in 2011 that he supports the Padma Bridge project, stating that it is the dream of millions of people of Bangladesh, and would never stand in the way of its realization. He has repeated this on many occasions including as recently as January 28, 2017 when Honorable Prime Minister accused him on the floor of the Parliament. We reiterate this one more time.

In addition to the accusations of Padma Bridge, several papers report quoting unnamed sources that NBR has imposed a fine on Tk 69 lacs on Professor Yunus. This is also an untrue statement. Professor Yunus does not have any outstanding tax claim or fine pending payment. We have repeated on a number of occasions that Professor Yunus pays all of his taxes fully and on due time. All relevant information regarding his earnings and taxes are in the possession of the NBR. He has within his lawful rights contested certain tax claims made recently which he felt were unjustified in a court of law. The matter is still with the court, and he will comply with whatever decision the court takes.

Participatory Democracy Will Not Materialise Without Participatory Economy: Yunus

Press Release (February 12, 2017)

Three Day National Women’s Parliament begins in Amaravati, India

Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andha Pradesh, India and  Kodela Siva Prasad Rao, Speaker of State Legislative Assembly of Andhra Pradesh felicitating Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus for his contributions to society  during the inaugural session of the three-day National Women’s Parliament (NWP), organized by Andhra Pradesh (AP) Legislative Assembly.  Photo: Collected

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus termed financial service as the oxygen of economic life of people. Bottom half of people,  particularly bottom  women, do not have access to this oxygen. That is why their economic life remains extremely weak. This oxygen remains for  exclusive used of  the privileged. He was speaking as a keynote speaker at the three-day National Women’s Parliament(NWP), being organised by Andhra Pradesh (AP) Legislative Assembly, India with the theme of ‘Empowering Women — Strengthening Democracy’, which began on Friday in the state capital of Amaravati.

Exceeds 13000 Businesses: 481st Social Business Design Lab will invest in Six More Small Businesses

Press Release (February 14, 2017)

Investments into six more social businesses in addition to 13000 already financed were announced on Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 at the 481st Social Business Design Lab. The New Entrepreneurs, children of Grameen Bank borrowers are seen in the photo with Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus. Photo: Yunus Centre

The 481st Social Business Design Lab organized by Yunus Centre took place on 14 February 2017 at the Grameen Bank Auditorium with nearly 160 national and international participants from USA, Japan and South Korea. The Design Lab, broadcast live on YouTube, was chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus.

Six new Nobin Udyokta (New Entrepreneur) business plans were presented at today's lab. All Nobin Udyokta businesses, presented at the Design Lab are the children of Grameen Bank borrowers’ families.

Yunus Inaugurates Ujjivan Small Finance Bank in India, Delivers Keynote Speech at Indian Institute of Science

Press Release (08 February, 2017)

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus inaugurates the Ujjivan Small Finance Bank in India, one of the ten Microfinance banks licensed by the central bank of india for the first time,  in Bengaluru, India on February 6, 2017. PC: Yunus Centre

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus was the  Chief Guest at the grand launch of  Ujjivan Small Finance Bank (Ujjivan SFB) in Bengaluru, India on February 6, 2017. This new bank, which launched its five initial branches, aims to reach out to the larger unserved and underserved populace and provide them with easy-to-use and access banking services. Ujjivan Financial Services Ltd, one of the leading microfinance companies in India, began its journey in 2005 with support from Grameen Trust. Ujjivan has the largest pan-India presence of any microfinance company with through 469 branches with 44% year-on-year jump in gross loan book to Rs 6,588 crore at the end of December, last year. It has 3.6 million active small borrowers in 24 states. Ujjivan SFB is one of the first ten Microfinance banks licensed by the central bank of India. Professor Yunus had long been advocating for banking licences to MFIs in India which have established good record of performance. Central Bank of India has recently created a new category of bank following his suggestions. Ujjivan is one of the first MFIs which received the license.

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