There has been a growing, urgent demand for countries and companies to invest in a more sustainable future. This is true of Southern Africa, a region that is home to some of the world's largest reserves of oil and gas, metals, minerals and coal. These industries make sizable contributions to the region's GDP but cause significant damage to the environment and our climate.
The time has come for Southern African nations to diversify their economies and accelerate their transition to sustainable development. Sustainable investing can reduce price volatility in the energy sector and reinstate the region’s competitive position in the global market of agricultural products, hence reducing food imports.
We look at how sustainability and economic growth can go hand in hand in Africa. How do we get international investors to embrace a wider definition of ESG - one that focuses as much on the E and G as it does on sustainability - a move that will benefit citizens, communities and investors in the long run. However, significant barriers still exist that could result in missed opportunities, reduced ESG investment and lower FDI flowing into projects in Africa.
We’ll bring together Southern Africa’s FDI stakeholders, corporate leaders, policy makers and thinkers to brainstorm ways to increase the flow of finance to the region, which will benefit businesses and clients, improve infrastructure, increase returns on asset classes and bring about real change - environmentally, financially and socially, creating a sustainable future for Southern Africa.