By AfricaPLC | News Contributor

The African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB), on Friday, 11 June 2021, announced its Advisory Board of African and global institutional investment leaders, representing over $20trn of assets under management and advisement. The announcement took place during the G7-Africa investor Summit, held in association with the G7’s institutional Investor Leaders Network (ILN), on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Cornwall.

African sovereign wealth and pension funds have been crucial to form new and innovative multi-stakeholder partnerships; that address climate change; the economic recovery of COVID-19; increase investment in African infrastructure; and realize the aspirations of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB) initiative is an African Union-convened, African institutional investor-led, global finance initiative, to catalyze private capital for Africa’s green transition, in the run up to COP27 in Africa and beyond.

The AfGIIB was announced during the March 2021 Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, hosted by the United Nations United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.

The AfGIIB initiative recognizes that the African green infrastructure finance market is highly fragmented, representing a need to create a world class international pan African investment platform to mobilize this financing market and institutional capital at scale.

The AfGIIB’s mission, is to create a specialist, independent, catalytic and commercially run, pan African Green infrastructure Investment Bank, to catalyse private capital to accelerate Africa’s green transition. The AfGIIB will also assist the continent and investors address:

  • Africa’s requirement for $150bn-$350bn for adaption by 2030;
  • The $3trn of investment capital needed for Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) by 2030; and
  • Leverage Africa’s renewable energy investment opportunity, that is estimated to be $32bn per annum by 2030.

AfGIIB announced during the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, hosted by the United Nations United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, that its immediate priority would be to establish a high-level Advisory board of African and international institutional investment leaders, governments and technical advisors, to structure the platform and present progress updates, during the upcoming African Union (AU), G7, G20, COP26 Summits.

Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, CEO of the African Union Development Agency (AUDA), said: “We fully support the establishment of the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB) initiative and the announcement of its Advisory Board. I further thank all of you distinguished leaders who have agreed to serve on its advisory board.“

During the G7-Africa investor Summit, held in association with ILN, AfGIIB unveiled its prestigious Advisory Board Members, which include:

  • Hubert Danso, Chairman, Ai, the AU Continental Business Network (CBN), the African Sovereign Wealth and Pension Fund Leader’s Forum, and the CFA New York Society’s Global Asset Owners Council
  • E. Raila Odinga,AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development. Former Prime Minister, Kenya
  • Ayman Soliman, CEO, The Egyptian Sovereign Wealth Fund 
  • Solomon Asamoah, CEO, Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF)
  • Ndabe Mkhize, CIO, Eskom Provident Pension Fund (EPPF)
  • Sundeep Raichura, Chairman, Kenya Pension Fund Investment Consortium (KEPFIC)
  • Duncan Bonfield, CEO, International Sovereign Wealth Funds (IFSWF)
  • John Denton, Secretary General, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Board member IFM Investors
  • Amy Hepburn, CEO, Investor Leadership Network (ILN)
  • Lionel C. Johnson, President, Pacific Pension & Investment Institute (PPI)
  • Nicholas Firzli, Director-General, World Pensions Council  (WPC)
  • Peter Damgaard Jensen, Former CEO, Pensionskassernes Administration A/S (PKA)
  • David Nuyoma CEO, Government Institutions Pension Fund (GIPF)
  • Regis A. Rugemanshuro, Director General, Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB)
  • Carlos Alberto Lopes, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Angola Sovereign Wealth Fund (FSDEA)

AfGIIB Strategic Advisors

  • Shaun Kingsbury, Former CEO of the UK Green Investment Bank plc
  • Eloy Lindeijer, Former Chief Investment Management, PGGM.

Hubert Danso, Chairman, Ai, concluded: “The AfGIIB is honoured to count such accomplished and committed African and global institutional investment and public sector leaders, on its prestigious Advisory Board, to champion and create a specialist green infrastructure investment platform, that supports the continents green transition, creates jobs, increases the continents share of the industrial green global economy, whilst at the same time delivers globally competitive risk adjusted returns for its investors. The AfGIIB Advisory Board will also be a powerful green investment mobilization sounding board, for the continent, as we prepare to take over the COP26 process in November, and host an outstanding and green finance friendly COP27 next year on African soil.”


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