WebinarsEncouraging Green and Sustainable Bond Issuances in Emerging Markets: Focus on the Real Sector in South Africa

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


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.

IFC has partnered with Environmental Finance to understand the current status of green and sustainable bond issuances in Africa with a special focus on Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa within the power, transport and agribusiness sectors.

This webinar aims to present the outcome of the study and convene key stakeholders to address challenges ahead and propose solutions, including IFC's support, for real economy corporates in emerging markets in Africa to leverage green and sustainable bond issuances.

The Emerging Market Real Economy Sustainable Bonds report examines the potential for sustainable bond issuance in five countries focussing on three key sectors. The free report can be downloaded here.


Ben Smith (Moderator)

Data Strategist, Environmental Finance

Danielle Frank

Sustainable Finance Transactor, RMB

Shameela Soobramoney

Chief Sustainability Officer, JSE

Louise Gardiner

Working Groups and Africa Coordinator, Sustainable Banking and Finance Network, (SBFN) IFC

Greg Fyfe

Head of Sustainable Investment, Standard Bank

Discussion points

How is the growing focus on sustainable finance, with new regulations, the taxonomy, and the expansion of the JSE sustainable segment, facilitating sustainable bond issuance?

What else does the market need to encourage sustainable bond issuance? How can potential real economy issuers be supported? What does the pipeline for 2023 issuance look like?

What are the biggest barriers to further sustainable bond issuance in South Africa?

Domestic and international investors – how well established is the demand for sustainable bonds in South Africa? How can international investors be attracted? To what extent will the high comparability of the South African taxonomy and EU taxonomy encourage European investor interest in South African sustainable bonds?

Financing the just transition – what role can sustainable bonds play?

How can South African sustainable bond market development support regional green bond issuance?

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