Investment Promotion Conference

Attracting FDI into Infrastructure ▪ FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision

Date: 15 October 2014
Time: 15:00-18:00
Location: Palais des Nations, Room XXIV
Moderator: Jamie Robertson, BBC
Interpretation available
Organizing parties:


Global financing requirements for infrastructure are estimated at US$1 trillion per year through 2020. Adding a green/greening dimension raises this by another US$200-300 million annually. Part of this financing will need to come from the private sector, including foreign investors. The involvement of private entities in infrastructure projects is not straight-forward. It requires sectoral reforms in infrastructure markets and building up institutional and human capacity, including in investment promotion agencies (IPAs), to handle the complex nature of project finance transactions. Countries and locations with a green growth vision also need to put in place strategies, policies and institutional capacity to attract investments in green projects, including the greening of existing industries and infrastructure. The role of foreign direct investment (FDI) can be critical in financing these projects and in introducing new technologies, innovative solutions and management practices. For IPAs to attract such investments a new approach will be required with a focus on the promotion of bankable green projects.

The meeting allowed for sharing of best practices in this regard.  Organized in two sessions:

Session I: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure (in partnership with the World Economic Forum)

Session II: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision? (in partnership with UNEP-FI)

Elements for the debate

Session I: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure

  • What is the role for post-crisis policy and promotion in attracting FDI in infrastructure?
  • What national and international innovative options are available for financing infrastructure in developing countries?

Session II: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision

  • What can be the role of FDI in realizing a green growth vision?
  • How can governments and IPAs prioritize strategic green investment projects (new vs. upgrading)? What conditions and incentives need to be in place to create a competitive environment for attracting green investment projects?

Session I: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure

  • Mr. Alain Carrier, Managing Director & Head of Europe, Global Head of Infrastructure, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB).
  • Mr. Philipp Gerbert, Senior Partner, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG).
  • Mr. Jérôme Jean Haegeli, Head of Investment Strategy, Swiss Re.
  • Mr. Dominic Jermey, CEO, UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).
  • Mr. Robert Milliner, Sherpa, B20 Australia.
  • Mr. Pedro Rodrigues de Almeida, Director, The World Economic Forum  (WEF).

Session II: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision

  • Mr. İlker Ayci, President, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).
  • Mr. Peter Bakker, Chief Executive Officer, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
  • Mr. Kimball Chen, Chairman  & CEO, the Energy Transport Group Companies (ETG).
  • Mr. Francisco Gonzalez, Director General, ProMexico
  • Dr. Archana Hingorani, CEO, Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS).
  • Mr. Bernard Mathieu, Senior Vice President, Head of Sustainable Development, Holcim (Schweiz) AG.
  • Mr. Michael Tost, Head of External Affairs, Europe & North America, Vale International SA

Session I: Attracting FDI into Infrastructure

  • Mr. Jean Alain Rodriguez, Executive Director, Dominican Republic Export and Investment Center (CEI-RD).

 Session II: FDI to Realize a Green Growth Vision

  • Dr. Moses Ikiara, Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest)