The inaugural Island Finance Forum is set to inspire and engage attendees globally as leading financial experts come together to share and exchange information and solutions for sustainable development across island communities. Taking place virtually from 13-16 April 2021, the Island Finance Forum will explore the role of sustainable and inclusive financial structures in islands and SIDS. Sign up is free on the website: www.islandinnovation.co/finance-forum-2021
The Forum aims to highlight the unique financial challenges faced by global island communities and innovative solutions for sustainable economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world. The event will bring together senior policymakers, financiers and regulators to address the following topics across a series of interactive panels and discussions:
- Impact Investing & ESG
- Climate Change, The Blue Economy & Natural Capital
- Insurance & Risk Management
- Economic Growth in a Post-Pandemic World
- Financing the Green Energy Transition & Low-Carbon Infrastructure
- Blockchain & Cryptocurrencies
- Access to Finance & Debt Restructuring
- Fintech for Financial Inclusion
The sponsors of the Island Finance Forum 2021 are:
Invest Barbados is the economic development agency of the government of Barbados, responsible for attracting, winning and sustaining international investment for Barbados. The corporation is also responsible for helping to develop and manage the Barbados international business brand. Further information and details about Invest Barbados are available here.
NCB Capital Markets Limited:
NCB Capital Markets Ltd. is the wealth and asset management arm of the National Commercial Bank offering investment options and advice for institutions and individuals. Previously Edward Gayle and Company Ltd, NCB Capital Markets Ltd. is one of the pioneers of the equity market in Jamaica, holding one of the first five seats on the Jamaican Stock Exchange. Further information and details about NCB Capital Markets Ltd. are available here.
Mana Pacific Inc:
Mana Pacific is a renewable energy project development Benefit Corporation focusing their ‘mana’ on delivering resilient and renewable energy projects that reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels and lessens the impact on the environment while improving the equitable access of sustainable, affordable energy. Further information and details about Mana Pacific Inc. are available here.
Nathan Associates delivers creative, viable, and defensible analytic and economic solutions for government and commercial clients around the world. Their multidisciplinary, high-performing teams use a proactive, structured approach to navigate complexity, mitigate risk, and optimize success on every engagement. For more than 70 years, clients have relied on Nathan to handle complex, high‐stakes assignments, and provide exceptional value. Further information and details about Nathan Associates are available here.
Camco Clean Energy:
Camco Clean Energy is a fund manager specialising in climate and renewables. With 30 years of experience in the sector, the Camco team provides practical financing solutions to lead the clean energy transition, pairing the conscience of a development bank with the agility of a small private company. Camco currently manages around $200m and is active in the development of financing facilities for island nations. Further information and details about Camco Clean Energy are available here.
Caribbean Biodiversity Fund:
Established in 2012, the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) is the realization of a bold vision to create reliable, long-term funding for conservation and sustainable development in the Caribbean region. The CBF and a group of National Conservation Trust Funds (NCTFs) together form the Caribbean Sustainable Finance Architecture. Further information and details about the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund are available here.
Island Finance Forum 2021
The Forum will be hosted by Island Innovation, whose most recent event was the Virtual Island Summit which took place last September and attracted more than 10,000 attendees. The Summit also features keynote speeches from country leaders including the Prime Ministers of Fiji and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Presidents of Guyana and the Federated States of Micronesia. Featured speeches will be given by the Prime Ministers of Saint Lucia and Antigua & Barbuda, as well as Government Ministers from Bermuda, the UK, Timor-Leste, Greenland and Saint Lucia.
Founder and Director of Island Innovation, James Ellsmoor commented, “The Virtual Island Summit was a great success, achieving amazing geographic and sectoral diversity across both our speakers and global audience. The Island Finance Forum will have a different focus, but the overall purpose remains the same; to build digital bridges between island communities around the world and share and exchange knowledge that is most pertinent to them.”
The Island Finance Forum will be completely free to attend and accessible to attendees from across the globe in a variety of interactive sessions and discussions. This will include several networking opportunities, where attendees can meet and exchange ideas face to face or in small groups. Attendees will be able to select which of the topics and sessions they actively participate in – and all sessions will be recorded and available to watch at a time that is convenient.
Further information and details on how to register for the Island Finance Forum are available here. Registration to attend is completely free of charge.
Island Innovation is a social enterprise and digital media company at the intersection of sustainable development and communications, offering specialised services across various sectors. We bring together the private sector, government, utilities, NGOs and universities to advance innovation for sustainability and prosperity in islands worldwide.