Rwanda will host the first ever Africa Green Growth Forum, gathering more than 1,000 investors, policy makers and financial specialists from across the continent to share experiences in green growth and climate resilient development. The week long forum takes place from 26 to 30 November 2018 at the Kigali Convention Center and at sites around the country.
Themed ‘For a Green and Climate Resilient Africa’, the forum will shine a light on the importance of sustainable economic transformation and signal green growth as a priority for Africa. The Forum will encourage private sector investment in green growth, improve the understanding and use of finance as a tool for climate resilience, build partnerships between stakeholders working in Africa’s green growth sector and provide a platform for partners to engage and build relationships that accelerate the green growth agenda.
“We are excited to host the inaugural Africa Green Growth Forum and we look forward to welcoming leaders from across the continent to advance green growth. To achieve the goals Africa has set for itself, our development must be clean, green and climate resilient. This requires us to share knowledge, experience and bring policy makers and investors together to turn ideas into reality. Our message is simple: Africa is open for green business.” Said “Vincent Biruta, Minister of Environment, Rwanda”
In this forum, participants will examine the opportunities that come with green growth as well as some of the challenges impeding its uptake across the continent. The Forum will cover the breadth and depth of these topics through high-level sessions on policy and strategy, technical discussions on climate finance and sustainable infrastructure, green technologies, an exhibition and field visits to local green growth initiatives.
It will also be a time for policy makers from across the continent to share their experience in fostering green growth and for participants to discover new concepts like the Circular Economy, which will be essential for the continent’s shared prosperity.
A highlight of the week will be the Africa Green Growth Investment Forum, a one-day event bringing together government leaders and investors to explore the opportunities for green growth across the continent and chart a course for harnessing them. This event will include keynote addresses and a high level panel featuring government officials and major investors. During the Forum, a concert will also be held at which the Rwanda Green Growth awards will be presented in four categories: industry, media, youth and local government.
“The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is proud to be an organizing partner for the Africa Green Growth Forum. GGGI’s Member countries are committed to transform their economies to a new model of green economic growth that is both environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive – and we look forward to joining leaders from Africa to ensure opportunities of green growth can be realized.” Said “Frank Rijsberman, Director-General, Global Green Growth Institute”
The Africa Green Growth Forum is organized by a range of partners including the Government of Rwanda through the Ministry of Environment and its agencies the Rwanda Green Fund and Rwanda Environment Management Authority, the Global Green Growth Institute, the United Nations Development Programmed and One UN Rwanda, Climate Investment Funds, the World Bank, the African Development Bank, the African Center for Climate and Sustainable Development, the Global Environment Facility, the Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance, NDC Partnership, and the African Circular Economy Alliance.
The forum is also supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rwanda through Water for Growth Rwanda, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), German Development Cooperation through KfW and AfroChampions along with RwandAir (Official Airline Partner) and AC Group (Official Transport Partner).
Jean Aime Desire IZABAYO