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Mobilizing Institutional Investment for Sustainable Development in Africa

October 19, 2023 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+3

African markets present investment opportunities across a broad range of sectors that are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including economic and social infrastructure, the energy transition, the nature-based economy, and the digital economy. Indeed, it is estimated that Africa will require additional investment of $200 billion per year to achieve its SDG targets by 2030.

As part of their efforts to close this gap, African countries have been targeting investors, such as sovereign wealth funds, pensions funds and development banks, while also enhancing the investment environment. Nevertheless, a number of challenges remain, such as a shortage of bankable projects, limited access to the international sustainable finance market, and perceived risks that impede long-term international investment in the continent.

To address these challenges and fully leverage international investment for sustainable development, this event will gather senior executives from leading sovereign investors from Africa and international investors to discuss sustainable investment opportunities in Africa. The event will focus on the initiatives and mechanisms that can foster collaborations between African and international financial institutions to facilitate international investment for sustainable development.

Issues for discussion

What are the latest trends and patterns of investment by international institutional investors in Africa? What are the opportunities and challenges? How can sovereign investors and other national financial institutions in Africa help catalyze international investment for sustainable development? How can African countries better leverage finance for sustainable development and create an enabling policy environment for long-term investment?


  • Ms. MaameYaa Kwafo-Akoto, Partner, Funds & Asset Management Practice, Allen & Overy (moderator)
  • Mr. Obaïd Amrane, CEO, Ithmar Capital, Morocco; Chair, Africa Sovereign Investors Forum
  • Mr. Alcídio Baptista José, Head of Research and Exchange, Fundo Soberano de Angola
  • Ms. Nan Li Collins, Director, Sustainable Investment and Innovation, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • Mr. Slim Feriani, CEO, Fonds Souverain de Djibouti
  • Mr. Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative
  • Mr. Karim Mourad, Global Head of Infrastructure, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority
  • Mr. Solomon Quaynor, VP Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization, AfDB
  • Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq, CEO, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority
  • Mr. Yong Wang, Director General, China-Africa Development Fund
  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Investment and Enterprise Division, UNCTAD; Lead, World Investment Forum
  • Mr. Laurent Zylberberg, Chairman, The European Long-Term Investors Association

Joint UNCTAD-ASIF Statement

Please click here to view the joint statement on a partnership for SDG investment facilitation in Africa between UNCTAD and the Africa Sovereign Investors Forum (ASIF).




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