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African Bankers’ Carbon Finance Investment Forum
Johannesburg (Midrand), South Africa
28-30 May 2007

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Division of Technology, Industry and Economics and the UNEP Risoe Centre (URC), in cooperation with the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), are organizing the first major forum on carbon finance in the Africa region targeting the specific needs and interests of the banking and finance community.

The event seeks to deepen the level of engagement of local banks and financial institutions in the emerging carbon market, to enhance local capacities for understanding how carbon revenues have and can be applied to improve the profitability and ‘lendability’ of various investments, and to facilitate the financing of previously identified emission reduction activities in Africa, some of which have already been supported through the efforts of UNEP and others. To be convened just following pre-G8 consultation meetings of the African Development Bank and the World Bank, the event will provide an opportunity to advance the dialogue among the African private sector on the region’s agenda for tackling the challenge of climate change and major clean infrastructure financing needs. 

The three-day event will be tailored to the unique and diverse needs of this community and structured with dedicated time devoted to the following elements:

  • an executive roundtable for CFOs, CEOs, and members of banking credit committees to share insights and showcase best practices regarding integration of carbon finance into mainstream lending and investment decision-making

  • targeted training and clinics for credit officers and other financial stakeholders on carbon credit asset creation and due diligence, including the launch of UNEP Risoe’s new Guidebook to Financing CDM Projects

  • a deal-making platform providing African CDM developers an opportunity to secure underlying finance for their bankable projects and to improve the design their projects with a greater awareness of the interests and lending criteria of major regional banks.

UNEP/URC will organize and manage the event with support from africapractice. As a core partner, the DBSA will host and cater the event in Midrand at their executive conference facility in. Event organizers will support the participation of two bankers (e.g. one credit officer and one senior manager from a credit committee) from leading (non-Francophone) banks in the region, or from a local bankers’ association, including Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. In addition, the participation of one or more project developers with bankable Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project activities will be supported per participating country. Participation in all events is without charge; however, due to limited venue space, registration will be by official invitation only.

Contact:

Glenn Hodes
UNEP Risoe
gsho@dtu.dk

Gregor Pfeifer
africapractice
Phone: +44 20 7462 7550
Fax: +44 20 7462 7573
gpfeifer@africapractice.com

 

UNEP Risoe Centre • DTU Management Engineering • Frederiksborgvej 399, Bldg. 142 • P.O. Box 49 • DK 4000 Roskilde • Denmark

 

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