High-Level Interregional Dialogue on Facilitating Investment in SDG Projects (in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, the East African Community and Southern African Development Community Secretariats)

High-Level Interregional Dialogue on Facilitating Investment in SDG Projects (in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies, the East African Community and Southern African Development Community Secretariats)

Date: Wednesday, 20 October 2021
Time: 13:30-15:00

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

Opening:

  • Mr. James Zhan, Director, Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD

Panellists:

    Panel I. Regional and interregional cooperation in facilitating investment in SDG projects

  • Mr. Moses Ikiara, CEO, Kenya Investment Authority and Director of the Board, COMESA RIA
  • Mr. Charles Omusana, Principal Economist, East African Community Secretariat
  • Dr. Damie Sinanan, Manager Competitiveness and Export Promotion, Caribbean Export Development Agency
  • Mr. Peter Varndell, CEO, SADC Business Council

    Panel II. IPAs challenges in facilitating investment in SDG projects

 Investment facilitation in the health sector

  • Mr. Paul Kyalimpa, Deputy Director General, Uganda Investment Authority

Facilitating SDG investment in agribusiness

  • Dr. Khanyisile Dlamini, Executive Manager, Eswatini Investment Promotion Authority (EIPA)
  • Ms. Fabienne Michaux, Director, SDG Investor Map Programme, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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

  • Ms. Diane Edwards, President of Jampro and first Vice President of Caribbean Association of Promotion Agencies (CAIPA)

Moderator:

  • Ms. Yvonne Okwara, Senior News Anchor, Kenyan Television

Event manager: Ms. Natalia Guerra
Contact email: Natalia.Guerra@unctad.org