High-Level Tripartite Conference on Investment Promotion in SDGs

Mobilizing Investment in the SDGs

Date: 19 July 2016
Time: 15:00-18:00
Location: Kenyatta International Convention Centre, Tsavo 1
Translation: English, French, Spanish

In panel discussions, the tripartite of heads of investment promotion agencies (IPAs) and outward investment agencies (OIAs), private sector executives, and high-level policy makers will debate ways to promote FDI in SDG sectors including physical and social infrastructure. Following a discussion on the role of partnerships between IPAs and OIAs in mobilizing investment in SDG sectors a session will specifically look at the promotion of investment in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector. A third session will be dedicated to  the emerging role of sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, impact investors, civil society, and other actors in the financing of SDG projects. The sessions will feature innovative approaches and directions for IPAs to promote and channel FDI into SDG related projects.

Issues to be addressed

  • Role of partnerships between inward and outward investment agencies in mobilizing investment in SDG related projects
  • How to promote FDI in the ICT sector to enhance sustainable development
  • Targeting non-traditional investors for SDG project financing

Opening remarks

Mr. Joakim Reiter, Deputy-Secretary-General of UNCTAD



  • Ms. Courtney Fingar, Editor-in-Chief, fDi Magazine, The Financial Times, United Kingdom
  • Mr. Wallace Kantai, Business Editor, NTV, Nation Media Group, Kenya
  • Ms. Adrienne Klasa, Editor, This is Africa Online, Financial Times, United Kingdom


  • Mr. McHale Andrew, President, Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), Saint Lucia
  • Mr. Mohammed Bukhari, Head, Investment Promotion Technical Assistance Program, Islamic Development Bank, Saudi Arabia
  • Mr. Miguel Jorge Reis Antunes Frasquilho, President, AICEP Portugal Global Trade & Investment Agency, Portugal
  • Mr. Zhang Huarong, Vice Chairman, China-Africa Business Council and Chairman of Huajian Group, China
  • Mr. Moses Ikiara, Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority, Kenya
  • Mr. Ken Poonoosamy, Chairman of the Board, Regional Investment Agency, COMESA, Mauritius
  • Mr. Bob Collymore, CEO, Safaricom, Kenya
  • Mr. Deepak Bagla, Managing Director and CEO, Invest India, India
  • Mr. Alexander Meyer, Vice President, Global Business Development, SAP, United States
  • Mr. Gilles Betis, Chair, IEEE Smart Cities Initiative, France
  • Mr. Francisco N. González Díaz, Director General, ProMexico, Mexico
  • Mr. Erik Bromander, State Secretary to the Minister for Infrastructure, Sweden
  • H.E. Mr. Khaalis Rolle, Minister of State for Investments, Bahamas
  • Mr. Arda Ermut, President, World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA), Turkey
  • Mr. Jianxin Chi, Chairman, China-African Development Fund, China
  • Mr. Anthony Omerikwa, CEO, National Social Security Fund, Kenya
  • Mr. Sean Doherty, Head of International Trade and Investment, World Economic Forum, Switzerland
  • Mr. Arvind Mayaram, Chairman, CUTS Institute for Regulation & Competition, India
  • Professor Tomas Hult, International Business Center, Michigan State University, United States