Encouraging Green and Sustainable Bond Issuances in Emerging Markets: Focus on the Real Sector in Kenya


Emerging markets will require a substantial amount of investment to meet their Nationally Determined Contributions as part of the Paris Agreement. The green and sustainable bond market—a key way to leverage private capital to support climate development—is underdeveloped in many emerging markets. However, more countries are developing ambitious strategies and are pioneering sustainable bond frameworks, setting the tone for a shift in the market.

Join this webinar to understand the current status and opportunities of green and sustainable bond issuances in Kenya.

Discussion points

  • What are the measures undertaken by Capital Market Authority Kenya and Nairobi Stock Exchange in general to encourage green or sustainability bond Issuances?
  • Who can issue green or sustainability bonds?
  • What are the major challenges faced by real sector corporates when considering issuing a labelled bond?
  • What type of investors are interested in subscribing to a green or sustainability bond in the market?
  • What types of projects can be considered for use of proceeds in a green or sustainability bond?
  • What is the difference between a "traditional plain vanilla bond" and sustainable bond?
  • What are the maturities, yields, sizes of green and sustainability bonds?
  • What is the timetable of the process for issuing a green or sustainability bond?


Ben Smith
Data Strategist, Environmental Finance
Luke Ombara
Opening remarks
Director Policy and Market Development, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
Deo Onyango
Senior Specialist in East Africa & South Africa, IFC
Justus Agoti
Manager Product Development and Uptake, Capital Markets Authority, Kenya
Sheila Moraa
Head of ESG, Acorn
Mbithe Muema
Chief Business Officer, Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE)
Julio Obeso
Emerging Markets, Portfolio Manager,, HSBC
Green Bonds

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