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Though African countries have contributed the least to global warming, they are among the most affected by climate change. Yet, the world cannot successfully and sustainably address climate change without a just transition: African nations are full of untapped potential, possessing an abundance of natural resources, a dynamic geography, and vibrant economic prospects. Fostering green, sustainable economic growth in African markets amid the COVID-19 pandemic will require mobilizing billions in investment for infrastructure. Beyond the public funding currently being invested by African governments, international organizations, bilateral donors, and private sector investors all have key roles to play in meeting the significant financing needs. Tapping into Africa’s potential will require using both proven and innovative financial instruments, while lifting remaining roadblocks to attracting inclusive green finance.
This Africa Center event convenes leaders in climate finance for a conversation on green growth and financing in African markets. The event also serves as the launch of Ms. Emilie Bel’s Africa Center report, Growing Green: Catalyzing Climate Finance in African Markets.
This event is hosted in partnership with the Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank (TDB). Established in 1985, TDB is a multilateral, treaty-based, investment-grade development finance institution, with forty-one sovereign and institutional shareholders and assets of $7.2 billion. TDB serves twenty-two economies in its region, with the mandate to finance and foster trade, regional economic integration, and sustainable development.
Ms. Tariye Gbadegesin
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
ARM-Harith Infrastructure Investment LTD
Mr. Jake Levine
Chief Climate Officer
U.S. International Development Finance Corporation
Ms. Courtney Lowrance
Managing Director for Sustainability and Corporate Transitions
Mr. Admassu Tadesse
Group Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer
The Eastern and Southern African Trade and Development Bank
Mr. Bertrand Walckenaer
Deputy Chief Executive Officer
French Development Agency (AFD)
In conversation with
Following a presentation by
Ms. Emilie Bel
And remarks from
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The Africa Center works to promote dynamic geopolitical partnerships with African states and to redirect US and European policy priorities toward strengthening security and bolstering economic growth and prosperity on the continent.