8:00

Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:50

Opening Remark and Setting the Scene

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Welcome to the Africa Sustainable Capital Markets Intensive. This opening session includes welcoming remarks and setting the scene.

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9:00

The conversation — Navigating sustainable capital markets in Africa

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Advancing the scalability of sustainable finance hinges on the optimization and harnessing of the complete capacity of capital markets. This includes directing the expanding reservoirs of savings, financing innovative transitions, and mitigating currency risks. The session in question scrutinizes the challenges and possibilities associated with capital markets in assisting businesses and financial institutions as they foster a just transition in Africa.

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9:20

Product spotlight — sustainable exchange traded products (ETPs)

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In the ever-evolving landscape of finance, sustainable exchange traded products (ETPs) are emerging as a powerful force for investors who aim to align their portfolios with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) principles. This session spotlights Sustainable Exchange Traded Products (ETPs) in Africa.

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9:30

Leveraging exchange traded products for sustainable development

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Sustainable exchange-traded products (ETPs) are helping investors to align their portfolios with sustainable investment practices. However, understanding the diverse offerings, assessing ESG criteria, and staying informed about the everchanging market trends can be overwhelming. This session examines the growing range of options, evolving ESG standards and opportunities for investors.

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10:15

Navigating the sustainable fixed income market in Africa

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Sustainable fixed income instruments — “use of proceeds” bonds and sustainabilitylinked bonds have demonstrated their effectiveness as a means to harness the financial resources within capital markets for projects and programs that tackle critical issues such as climate change and energy sustainability. This session provides an overview of the development of the sustainable debt markets, the market performance of sustainable debt instruments and emerging trends in the Africa sustainable debt markets.

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10:30

Recess and Networking Break

10:45

Transition Workstreams

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The forum splits into two streams, with attendees choosing between transition workstreams. Each is led by a facilitator and subject specialists guiding discussions

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11:30

Transition Workstreams

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The forum splits into two streams, with attendees choosing between transition workstreams. Each is led by a facilitator and subject specialists guiding discussions

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12:15

Networking Lunch and Ideation Hurdle

13:15

Innovations harnessing the global carbon markets to advance climate action

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Despite a sluggish economy and continued budget constraints, there is a rapid surge in demand for voluntary carbon-emission credits. Moreover, the focus of credit trading is transitioning from merely reducing emissions to actively eliminating them. What emerging initiatives are expediting the growth of voluntary carbon markets in Africa? And what actions and endeavours are facilitating the introduction of carbon offset projects to the marketplace?

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13:35

How well are sustainable markets frameworks achieving its objectives?

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Enhancing the comparability and standardisation of sustainable finance products is urgently needed to enhance their verification and supervision. This panel assesses the progress and challenges of the regulatory frameworks throughout the continent. It explores how these frameworks are supporting and stimulating further growth in the market. How can frameworks be designed to promote trust in the sustainable impact of green products, while ensuring sufficient flexibility to accommodate financial innovation? Is the regulatory framework for ESG products working?

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14:30

Critical market infrastructure driving product innovation and best practices

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Stock exchanges continue to provide support for sustainable capital markets. Their active involvement in promoting sustainability and transparency underlines their critical role in helping market participants navigate new sustainability regulations while advancing best practices. The session convenes prominent stock exchanges to examine their initiatives that support the capital markets, and how they drive forward the transition to a low-carbon economy and foster innovation in financial products.

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15:15

Recess and Networking Break

15:30

Transition Workstreams

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The forum splits into two streams, with attendees choosing between transition workstreams. Each is led by a facilitator and subject specialists guiding discussions

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16:15

Transition Workstreams

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The forum splits into two streams, with attendees choosing between transition workstreams. Each is led by a facilitator and subject specialists guiding discussions

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17:00

Recap of Key Highlights, Takeaways and Closing Remarks

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A quick recap of some of the day’s discussion, a snapshot of the insights and shared knowledge and takeaways.

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17:05

Networking reception — Available to Sponsors

19:00

Private Dinner for sponsors, partners and VIPs — Available to Sponsors