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To what extent are “E”, “S” and/or “G” acting as markers to attract more FDI into Africa? What criteria are investors looking at?

Broadcast on Oct 6, 2020 from Livestream: ESG & Capital Markets Africa 2020 - Virtual Conference

Gold Sponsor

Standard Bank

Multilateral Sponsor

Africa Finance Corporation

WAEMU Sponsor

Agence UMOA-Titres

Silver Sponsor

Nedbank CIB

Silver Sponsor

Rand Merchant Bank (RMB)

Bronze Sponsor

Fitch Ratings

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To what extent are “E”, “S” and/or “G” acting as markers to attract more FDI into Africa? What criteria are investors looking at?

  • E vs. S. vs G: How much importance are investors placing on each of the three ESG criterion when looking at Africa?
  • What do investors need to see from African borrowers with regards to ESG-compliance to commit to green-based projects?
  • How will investors consider institutions with lower scores and/or nascent ESG frameworks? How does investment appetite vary for green vs. brown?
  • To what extent are African institutions using ESG as a way to attract more FDI into the continent?
  • Understanding impact investing as a tool to increase FDI into Africa: What is the role of impact investing in Africa? And how far along are African funds?
  • What more needs to be done to showcase impact investing as a viable option for institutional investors?
Africa

Moderator

Vuyo Ntoi

Vuyo Ntoi

Vuyo Ntoi

Co-Managing Director at African Infrastructure Investment Managers

African Infrastructure Investment Managers

Speakers

Phil Davis

Phil Davis

Phil Davis

Head of ESG at Helios Investment Partners

Phil joined Helios Investment Partners in August 2020 to take responsibility for Helios’ ESG activities across the investment lifecycle. He has 15 years of relevant professional experience, working in over 25 countries around the world. He was previously Head of Sustainability for EMEA at The Carlyle Group and prior to that, he was an Assistant Director in the Sustainability and Climate Change Consulting team at PwC. Mr Davis holds a BSc in Environmental Management from the University of Birmingham and safety management certification from the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

Helios Investment Partners

Arvana Singh

Arvana Singh

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions

Nedbank

Arvana Singh

Arvana Singh

Head: Sustainable Finance Solutions at Nedbank

Arvana has over 10 years of investment banking experience and holds an in depth understanding of credit risk, capital markets and sustainability finance principles. Arvana formulated a market leading sustainability framework for Nedbank and structured and issued South Africa’s inaugural green renewable energy bonds and subsequent Tier 2 green capital instruments. The green renewable energy bond instruments were endorsed by international and global investors and achieved the African Banker Energy Deal of the Year Award and the Impact Initiative of the Year Award for Africa from Environmental Finance. Arvana has also led the development of climate related USD loan mechanisms in conjunction with DFIs. She has completed the Sustainability Practitioners Programme with the University of Cambridge, is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Bachelor of Business Science Degree. Arvana is a contributor to the National Sustainable Finance Working Group in South Africa and is leading the sustainable finance solutions business at Nedbank.

Nedbank

Arvana Singh
Bryn Jones

Bryn Jones

Head of Fixed Income

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Bryn Jones

Bryn Jones

Head of Fixed Income at Rathbone Brothers Plc

Bryn is the Head of Fixed Income for Rathbones, and is lead manager on the Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund, the Rathbone Strategic Bond Fund and manager of institutional mandates. He joined Rathbones in November 2004 from Merrill Lynch, where he managed $2 billion of fixed income assets.

Bryn is a member of the Rathbone Strategic Asset Allocation Committee, Non-Executive Chairman of Rathbones' Fixed Income Committee, and an adviser to the Rathbone Banking Committee. He is a WMA representative for the HMT DMO’s (Her Majesty’s Treasury - Debt Management Office) Gilt market consultation process. He has been a guest speaker at the Euromoney Bond Conference in London, and at the Euromoney Bank Capital Conference in Amsterdam. Bryn appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. He also sits on the IA Fixed Income Committee.

Rathbone Brothers Plc

Kome Johnson-Azaura

Kome Johnson-Azaura

Associate Vice President, Investments

Africa Finance Corporation

Kome Johnson-Azaura

Kome Johnson-Azaura

Associate Vice President, Investments at Africa Finance Corporation

Kome is an investment professional at the Africa Finance Corporation, a multilateral development fKome is an investment professional at the Africa Finance Corporation, a multilateral development finance institution established to help address Africa’s infrastructure needs with an investment portfolio of US$4+ billion. Her key knowledge areas include project development and principal investing across the power, heavy industries, telecoms, transport, climate finance, mining, and oil and gas business areas.

A key part of her responsibilities include leading the corporation’s climate finance initiatives as it relates to co-investment opportunities with the US$10 billion Green Climate Fund as well as other sustainable investing programs. She has also significantly contributed to the successful closing of both equity and debt transactions across Africa with a total value of US$4+ billion.

Prior to joining AFC, she worked at Kaizen Venture Partners as an investments and investor relations professional; and at Goldman Sachs in the Securities Division focused on sales strategy.

She holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering (with a Specialization in Architectural Design Engineering) from Stanford University, California, USA and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

Africa Finance Corporation

Kome Johnson-Azaura

AFC, an investment grade multilateral finance institution, was established in 2007 with an equity capital base of US$1.1 billion, to be the catalyst for private sector-led infrastructure investment across Africa. With a current balance sheet of approximately US$6.1 billion, AFC is the second highest investment grade rated multilateral financial institution in Africa with an A3/P2 (Stable outlook) rating from Moody’s Investors Service. AFC successfully raised US$1,150 billion (US$650 million and US$500 million) in 2019, US$500 million in 2017 and US$750 million in 2015 through Eurobond issuances; out of its Board-approved US$5 Billion Global Medium-Term Note (MTN) Programme. All Eurobond issues were oversubscribed and attracted investors from Asia, Europe and the USA.

AFC’s investment approach combines specialist industry expertise with a focus on financial and technical advisory, project structuring, project development and risk capital to address Africa’s infrastructure development needs and drive sustainable economic growth. AFC invests in high-quality infrastructure assets that provide essential services in the core infrastructure sectors of power, natural resources, heavy industry, transport, and telecommunications. To date, the Corporation has invested over US$7.2billion in projects within 32 countries across Africa.