Summit Roundtable: Small Island Developing States and Investment Guarantees (by invitation only)

organized and facilitated by MIGA
Session Type
Room number
Hall 3 Room 8-B
17 October 2023
09:00 - 10:30 Abu Dhabi

The joint MIGA/UNCTAD high-level 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 high-level roundtable 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 de-risking instruments, and to develop an action plan for all actors.

Session themes:

  • What are the key success factors investors seek in order to make investments in small island developing states?
  • How important to the investment decision process is the ability to allocate risk across the different parties?
  • 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?
  • How do investors decide on the most appropriate risk mitigants?
  • What areas in the small island states represented in the panel are seen as attractive opportunities for cross-border (foreign) investment?
  • 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?


Secretary-General, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Executive Vice President, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises and Communications, Republic of Fiji
Minister of Economic Development, Curaçao
Minister of Energy and Transport, Commonwealth of The Bahamas
Minister of State, Ministry of Labour, Public Service Reform, Social Partnership, Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development, Dominica
Minister of Commerce and Consumer Protection, Republic of Mauritius
Head of Research – Commodities, ESG and Emerging Markets (EMEA), MUFG
Vice Minister of Industrial Development at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and MSMEs, Dominican Republic
Head of Company Engagement and Sustainability for CIB MEA, BNP Paribas
Managing Director, Head of Project and Export Finance, Standard Chartered Bank
Executive Director, Head of Export & Agency Finance, MENA, JP Morgan


Co-Head of Partnerships, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)