Interregional Dialogue on Facilitating Investment in SDG Projects (in partnership with CAIPA, EAC and SADC Secretariats)

19 Oct 2021
12:00-14:00

Interregional Dialogue on Facilitating Investment in SDG Projects (in partnership with CAIPA, EAC and SADC Secretariats)

This event occurs in Geneva Time (CET, GMT+2). Abu Dhabi, UAE time is 2:00 hours ahead of Geneva, Switzerland.

Facilitating investment in Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) projects entails a wide range of stakeholders including 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 (MNEs).

Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic 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 constraints. This and the accruing needs for SDG project finance are critical sources of stress for IPAs, adding to the complexity.

This interregional dialogue will present findings, recommendations, and best practices from UNCTAD’s capacity-building and advisory work in different developing regions. It will bring together high-level 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:

  • IPA challenges in facilitating investment in SDG projects: pre and post pandemic.
  • Regional cooperation in facilitating investment in SDG projects.

Event Manager: Ms. Natalia Guerra

Contact email: Natalia.Guerra@unctad.org