Africa investor (Ai) at COP28 Newsletter

Ai and Global investors issue Heads of State Call to Action at COP28

Announced during the Leaders Summit at COP28 in Dubai, to fight climate change and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals announced, Africa investor and 9 other global institutional investment organisations.

Announced during the Leaders Summit at COP28 in Dubai, to fight climate change and deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals announced, Africa investor and 9 other global institutional investment organisations—representing over $100trn of assets under management and advisement—jointly issued a Call to Action to Scale Private Capital Mobilization to Heads of State, policymakers and multilateral development bank (MDB) officials.

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Africa investor (Ai), a leading international investment group, today announced that African Governments and business leaders, were honoured at the Africa investor (Ai) NDC Investment Awards, held on the 5th of December 2023 at COP28, during The COP28 Africa Investment Earthshot Leaders Summit & NDC Investment Awards at Expo City Dubai, UAE.

These first-of-their-kind NDC Investment Awards, sponsored by the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank (AfGIIB), were designed to recognize achievements across the main NDC 10 project sectors and reward the governments, institutions, and individuals, driving transactions and improving the investment readiness and ambition, of Africa’s NDC projects requiring $3trn of investment by 2030. The 2023 NDC Investment Awards were profiled at the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, with the Best Shortlisted NDC projects comprising 160 projects, representing over $35bn of NDC financing and investment opportunities, from 43 African countries and all 5 African sub regions, announced during Climate Week at the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.

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The Infrastructure Corporation of Nigeria (InfraCorp), is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with the African Green Infrastructure Investment Bank and Solarge International BV, for establishing a solar panel manufacturing factory in Nigeria, contributing significantly to the country’s industrialization drive and aligning with the vision of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for local manufacturing capabilities to create employment, accelerate electrification, and grow the economy while decarbonizing in line with Nigeria’s energy transition commitments.

The Solar PV Manufacturing Plant will be one of the first large scale production facilities in the world for lightweight solar panels with ultra-low carbon footprint. The project will play a pivotal role in Nigeria’s commitment to sustainable local manufacturing and critical infrastructure for achieving Net Zero emissions and advancing its energy transition plan to cleaner and sustainable energy sources, reducing reliance on traditional fossil fuels. More fundamentally, the project reinforces the drive towards localization, green manufacturing and import substitution agenda of the country. Read more



Africa investor (Ai) unveiled the GEMs3.0 initiative today during COP28 Finance Day.

Over the past decade, more than 500 private investors have asked the MDBs and DFIs to make the Global Emerging Markets Database (GEMs) database available to allow investors to gain a deeper understanding of investment risk in Emerging Markets and Developing Countries (EMDC’s), helping to increase their investment in these countries.

Forced by the alarming public evidence of the tens of billions of dollars of lost opportunities and direct costs to EMDC’s of Multilateral Development Banks (MDB’s), not releasing the GEMs database to investors and credit rating agencies, MDBs have grudgingly committed to providing access to GEMs data in January 2024, through the GEMs2.0 initiative. Read more


While Special Economic Zones (SEZs) are well-recognised place-based investment tools for economic development, there is an urgent need to evolve bankability models and practices in the direction of investable Green Industrial Cities (GICs). GICs are destinations that nurture productive, long-term growth and attract industrial capital at scale. However, they do much more. GIC’s represent a greening and investment transformation that refurbishes existing and future SEZs, making them more attractive and resilient as green manufacturing hubs for productive innovation and industrial growth.

The Africa Climate Summit 2023 and its Nairobi Declaration underscored the need for institutional investor public partnerships to mobilise private capital at scale and speed to make the continent a global green technologies and manufacturing leader and capture its outsized share of the $10 trillion per annum and growing global Green Industrial Economy. While investments are pivotal, so are the methods and tools that will ultimately unite the interests of both institutional investors, industrial companies, SME’s, and local communities to deliver a place-based, just energy investment transition. This is of particular importance for communities sitting on significant mineral reserves critical for green transition technologies in high global demand.

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With more than $100trn of domestic and global institutional assets represented at the Summit, influential public and private sector investment leaders gathered at the COP28 Africa Investment Earthshot Leaders’ Summit, in the first major international gathering of institutional investors following the Africa Climate Summit. The aim is to shape an African investment Earthshot Investment Allocation Plan for the Nairobi Declaration and to mobilize private capital at a scale that can be deployed at speed, through Institutional Investor-Public Partnerships (IIPP’s) that can optimally marry African regional and global energy market demand, with Africa’s industrial and Just Energy Transformation and growth.

Hosted by the COP28 Presidency, in association with The African Union Development Agency (AUDA), The AU Continental Business Network (CBN), Africa Investor (Ai) Group, and The Energy Nexus Network (TENN), the Summit underscored that Green industrialization with global commercial, technology partnerships, and long duration offtakes, are the only way that Africa can leapfrog from a $9bn to a $7trn participation in global green value chains. Read more


Mercer, a business of Marsh McLennan (NYSE: MMC), the world’s leading professional services firm in the areas of risk, strategy, and people advising trillions of institutional assets, shared asset allocation assumptions at the COP28 Africa Investment Earthshot Leaders’ Summit, hosted by the COP28 Presidency, in association with The African Union Development Agency (AUDA), The AU Continental Business Network (CBN), Africa Investor (Ai) Group, and The Energy Nexus Network (TENN).

The COP28 Africa Investment Earthshot Leaders’ Summit builds on the Africa Climate Summit and the African Union’s 5% Infrastructure Investment Allocation Agenda (The 5% Agenda) to establish African green industrial infrastructure as a globally competitive investable asset class.

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