High-Level Interregional Dialogue on Facilitating Investment in SDG Projects

in partnership with Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA), the East African Community (EAC) and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariats
Session Type
Room number
WIF Virtual Platform, room 13
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20 October 2021
13:30 - 15:00 Europe/Zurich

Facilitating investment in SDG projects entails a wide range of stakeholders as different as local governments and regional integration schemes, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), development finance institutions, impact and institutional investors, and community groups whose goals are not always focused on profit maximization. Therefore, investment facilitation in SDG projects is a wider ranging and complex activity that goes beyond dealing with multinational enterprises.

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the international investment landscape and pushed investment promotion agencies (IPAs) to change their way of doing business, their sector priorities and to embrace new technologies, while in many cases facing budget cuts. This and the accruing needs for SDG project finance are critical sources of stress for IPAs, adding to the complexity.

This interregional dialogue will discuss findings, recommendations, and best practices from three different developing regions, represented by: SADC, EAC and CAIPA. It will bring together high-level regional and IPA executives and private sector representatives who will discuss the opportunities in facilitating investment in SDG projects, with a focus on the role of regionalization and regional value chains as a key strategy.

Issues to be addressed

  • Regional and intraregional cooperation in facilitating investment in SDG projects
  • IPAs challenges in facilitating investment in SDG projects


  1. Regional and interregional cooperation in facilitating investment in SDG projects
  2. IPAs challenges in facilitating investment in SDG projects
    • Investment facilitation in the health sector

    • Facilitating SDG investment in agribusiness

    •  Investment facilitation at the regional level (regional i-Guide portal)


Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD and Lead, UNCTAD World Investment Forum
CEO, Kenya Investment Authority and Director of the Board, COMESA RIA
Principal Economist, East African Community Secretariat
Manager Competitiveness and Export Promotion, Caribbean Export Development Agency
CEO, SADC Business Council
Deputy Director General, Uganda Investment Authority
Executive Manager, Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority
Director, SDG Investor Map Programme, United Nations Development Programme
President of Jampro, first Vice President, Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies


Senior News Anchor, Kenyan Television