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AGES Press release – AUC – January 24th

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AU Roundtable at Africa’s Green Economy Summit aims to catalyse investments, partnerships to combat climate change

CAPE TOWN, 17 January 2024: The Africa Union (AU) “Scaling Up Green Investments to Address Climate Change” roundtable taking place at Africa’s Green Economy Summit in Cape Town next month offers AU member states and high-level stakeholders the opportunity to explore the potential of green investments and funding instruments to combat climate change on the continent.

The roundtable is hosted by the AU in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Comprehensive Action for Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) and the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). Stakeholders attending the event include government representatives, private sector actors, investors, policymakers, and experts.

Representatives from selected AU member countries – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Namibia, Zambia, and Lesotho – will be in attendance, as well as three regional economic bodies: South African Development Community (SADC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the East African Community.

“Canada is proud to collaborate with the African Union to promote green and sustainable projects. The roundtable will explore innovative investment approaches and advocate policy changes to encourage green investment in African Union member states” says Ambassador Ben Marc Diendéré, Permanent Observer to the African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

Africa’s Green Economy Summit, which will be held from 21-23 February 2024 in Cape Town, is centred around connecting the global investment community with investment prospects in Africa’s green economy space.

Africa’s Green Economy Summit a vital link between global capital and sustainable projects in the continent. The Summit unites investors, project leaders, and policymakers, fostering connections and paving the way for an inclusive green economy and a sustainable future for all,” says HE Josefa Leonel Correia Sacko, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy, and Sustainable Environment (ARBE), African Union Commission (AUC), Ethiopia.

“GGGI’s involvement enhances this connection, enriching the Summit with valuable insights, strategic guidance, and a commitment to catalysing green initiatives that will shape a more sustainable tomorrow for Africa and the world,” says Dr Mallé Fofana, Africa Director & Head of Programmes, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Côte d’Ivoire.

The “Scaling Up Green Investments to Address Climate Change” roundtable will focus on key themes, including climate compatible investment opportunities, impact measurement, sustainable finance strategies, public private partnerships, climate policy and climate risk management. The roadmap and outcome of the roundtable will be accompanied by formal “pledging” announcements.

 

 

The roundtable forms part of the AU’s Green Recovery Action Plan (GRAP) programme that was launched in 2022 to tackle the combined challenges of the COVID-19 recovery and climate change. GRAP’s aims include promoting green initiatives, enhancing resilience to climate change and supporting AU member States to bolster finance and investment in sustainable projects – a green economic transformation that requires the support of public and private investors.

Africa’s Green Economy Summit consists of a two-day summit and connecting platform, a pitch programme and a project and innovation showcase, as well as an experiential day. It offers a showcase of investable African projects, access to investors, interaction with governmental and city officials, and the opportunity to obtain a deeper understanding of Africa’s green-economy landscape, its challenges, and opportunities.

The full programme to date can be viewed on the website of Africa’s Green Economy Summit or click here.

Africa’s Green Economy Summit partners include: Sanlam Investments (title sponsor), African Union (partner organisation), City of Cape Town (host city), Western Cape government (host province), Nedbank CIB (gold sponsor), Wesgro (investment promotion partner), USAID (empowerment partner), the Global Green Growth Institute (supporting partner) and ESI Africa (host media).  The Summit is organised in partnership with e-Movement.

ENDS

 

Contact details for Africa’s Green Economy Summit:

–       Tailor-made partnerships: Errol Bryce 
Cell: +27 83 613 4578 
Email: [email protected]

–       Project Lead: Emmanuelle Nicholls

Cell: +27 83 447 8410 
Email: [email protected]

–       Media: Amy MacIver and Bridget Pringle

–       Cell: +27 82 884 6233 / +27 83 291 6190

–       Email: [email protected] / [email protected]

 

VUKA Group

Africa’s Green Economy Summit is organised by VUKA Group, in partnership with E-Movement and Bellcrescent Partners, which has more than 20 years’ experience in serving the business community across Africa. Formerly known as Clarion Events Africa, a leading Cape Town-based and multi-award-winning organiser of exhibitions, conferences and digital events in the infrastructure, energy, mining, mobility, ecommerce and CX sectors, VUKA is an independent B-BBEE compliant company, adapted to the unique conditions of Africa. Other well-known events by VUKA Group include Enlit Africa, DRC Mining Week, Nigeria Mining Week, DRC-Africa Battery Metals Forum, Smarter Mobility Africa, ECOM and CEM Africa.

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