Facilitating Investments in Africa

Introducing the External Investment Plan

Sustainable Investment in Africa
Salle François Lougah
11:00 to 11:45

In 2015, the international community put the role of business firmly on the sustainable development agenda. In response, the European Commission has launched its External Investment Plan (EIP), a proposal to encourage greater investment and strengthen private sector partnerships in Africa. An innovative plan, the EIP aims to mobilise private sector resources and develop new financing models to advance the Sustainable Development Goals. The EIP expects to leverage up to €44 billion of investments by 2020. During this session, participants discussed priorities within the EIP Investment Windows; the European Fund for Sustainable Development’s (EFSD) role in supporting investments by the public and private sectors; technical assistance; how the EIP can support regulatory, policy and governance reforms; and the role the private sector, the informal private sector, educational entities, youth and women associations, and local authorities in achieving the agreed goals.