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Summit Roundtable: Small Island Developing States and Investment Guarantees

organized and facilitated by MIGA
Session Type
17 October 2023
10:00 - 13:00 Abu Dhabi

The joint MIGA/UNCTAD Summit Roundtable on investment guarantees in small island developing states will bring together top-level business executives from institutional investors, such as commercial banks, private equity funds and insurance companies, and Heads of State and governments of small island developing states, organized and facilitated by the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) of the World Bank Group, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).

The Summit will allow participants to exchange views on the impediments to mobilizing private capital for projects in small island developing states, with a focus on allocating and managing project risk, and to develop an action plan for all actors.

Issues to be addressed

  1. What are the key success factors investors seek in order to make investments in small island developing states?
  2. How important to the investment decision process is the ability to allocate risk across the different parties?
  3. What are they key risks investors see in making such investments, how do they assess such risks, and are any of these risks more acute or unique to small island developing states?
  4. How do investors decide on the most appropriate risk mitigants?
  5. What areas in the small island states represented in the panel are seen as attractive opportunities for cross-border (foreign) investment?
  6. What has been your experience with public-private partnerships and what can be done in this context for a fruitful tripartite partnership between SIDS, the insurance/finance community and international organizations such as MIGA and UNCTAD?