COP26 Impact on Businesses in Africa
Join the Discussions on Panel Discussions and Sustainability Workshops about Transitioning from carbon to green-carbon free economies.
With the agreements and standards from The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) fresh in our minds, the 2022 AfCFTA Infrastructure Conference will define the necessary policies required by businesses of Africa and the solutions and action needed to mitigate climate change, and make the transition from carbon based industries to sustainable renewable environmental responsible economies.
Businesses in Africa have recharged following COVID19 and find themselves facing the challenges of climate change on the cusp of a global revolution requiring all companies to structure their businesses to meet responsible eco-standards from which their future profits and deals will emanate.
Conference participants will help to define how businesses in Africa are required to work together and with governments and global corporations, to provide the changes necessary to limit global warming in their markets, industries, and economies. And while political leaders will introduce laws and regulations to reduce future carbon emissions, companies are required to provide leadership to generate the processes, technology, and services to achieve sustainability.
VIDEO ROUND TABLES
Will include video conference engaging audiences inside the event and remotely, discussing issues such as industrialized countries committing to help developing nations to build green clean infrastructure, enabling Africa to bypass the fossil-fuel stage and make a direct transition to green energy.
How will the EU, USA, and UN generate green-funds required: And, the need for AfCFTA members to target investors in and outside their region for partnering opportunities and projects to mitigate climate change i.e, green infrastructure cities, carbon capture and storage, and building solid road maps towards transition to carbon-free energy industries.
Lively interactive discussions with questions and answers' session will engage targeted investor sponsors and businesses at the event.
VIDEO ROUND TABLES
Four panel discussion sessions will offer learning experiences from the AfCFTA regions and member governments and citizens over the two days. The discussions will evolve around the annual US$100 billion green finance pledged by the UN to developing countries and how it could be exploited to support green infrastructure sustainability in Africa, the world's leading supplier of natural resources, energy supplies, and commodities.
To demonstrate that in the era of climate change, African nations are the place to invest post COVID19, by matching corporations from G20 and other nations with their companies and resources. Now more than at any other time, there is an urgent need for citizen companies of AfCFTA to trade with each other, to multiply opportunities and ensure the survival and transition of SMEs into more sustainable products and services.
In addition to plenary and project sessions opportunities are available for networking and matchmaking with financiers, foreign investors, government representatives and other developmental partners from the USA, Europe and Asia.
IV AfCFTAInfrastructure Investors Conference is supported byAfrican Trade Ministries including Departments of Trade and Industries and AfCFTA Secretariat. Businesses who are already operating in Africa and those that are looking for new markets are invited to attend the event in London to explore the opportunities available in the newly formed AfCFTA single market.
The workshop invites governments and corporations of Africa to explain how they and their industries work together with local and international business communities, exploit their resources, technology, and finances to create solutions to support small businesses to mitigate climate change.
How should the solutions be applied by small companies to transition from carbon-based industries into sustainable ESG responsible citizens?
Industries including mining, oil, and gas, transport, agriculture, and ICT will feature their ecologically sustainable solutions, tool-kits, and finances that small businesses across AfCFTA can engage and exploit to mitigate the impact of climate change.
Solutions to Mitigate Climate Change
Governments and Corporations to Support Small Businesses to implement Green Solutions to Grow and Increase Intra-Africa Trade
The majority of companies in Africa are SMEs, and they will play a vital role tackling climate change and meeting their national governments’ carbon emission targets. Customers across Africa are becoming more aware of climate change and questioning businesses’ environmental responsibilities. And companies that are perceived to be green are likely to be given excellent ratings and generate more business. The IV AfCFTA Infrastructure Investors Conference will promote high-profile workshops exploring technology, programs, and projects adopted to mitigate climate change, and defining the environmental and social responsibilities of governments in the AfCFTA Union.
Companies operating in Africa participating in the event will outline bankable projects aligned to carbon management plans incorporated into their business plans to create sustainability and carbon free environments. Future trends are that companies that are sustainable and responsible to the environment regardless of their size will be given priority over others and benefit from green investment funds, increased profit, brand recognition, and goodwill. The IV AfCFTA Infrastructure Conference will prepare businesses and corporations for this new social and industrial change, supporting them in their endeavours to deliver carbon costed solutions.
SPEAKERS FROM PREVIOUS CONFERENCE
South African Politician and former Minister of Social Development
Dr Ken Ife
Chairman of Enugu State Technical Committee on Privatization
Brazilian politician and economist. He is a member of the Workers’ Party
Anyim Pius Anyim
Nigerian politician and former Secretary of State, Federal Republic of Nigeria
Baroness Lynda Chalker
Founder and President at Africa Matters Limited
Economist and UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs
Dzifa Aku Attivor
Ghanaian Politician and Businesswoman. Former Minister for Transport in Ghana
Dr. Nkosana Moyo
Executive Chairman of the Mandela Institute for Development Studies.