Access Bank Plc in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and FMO have concluded plans to educate and reinvigorate the interests of stakeholders in the Nigerian financial sector on opportunities in sustainable finance.
According to a statement announcing the first edition of the Nigeria Sustainable Finance Week, Mr. Olusegun Fafore of the Public Relations and Media Unit of Access Bank said that the event is offering a unique opportunity to stakeholders to get a wide-angle perspective on global trends and local opportunities in the fledgling sector of sustainable finance.
According to him, in the aftermath of a historical financial crisis, there is a deepening understanding that low carbon, energy security, resource efficiency and secure global supply chains for strategic materials are the market and financing drivers of the coming decades.
He, therefore, said that sustainability is emerging as an increasingly critical, but at times elusive factor to consider for sound business.
He added that the event, which is scheduled to hold in Lagos, from between September 7 and 9, 2011, with the theme, ‘Moving Frontiers – Sustainable Finance,’ aims to explore these uncharted waters.
He noted that with a series of roundtables, speeches and workshops slated to gather some of the leading actors in sustainable finance in Nigeria and beyond, the Nigeria Sustainable Finance Week aims to invigorate the interest of the African finance sector into the potential of sustainable markets.
He further stated that the event will culminate with a CEO Roundtable, during which heads of selected Nigerian banks, including the Central Bank, will spell out their visions and hopes for the growth of the sustainable finance sector in Nigeria.
According to Fafore, speakers at the event include Herman Mulder, sustainability thought leader, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Nanno Kleiterp, CEO, FMO, Evelyn Oputu, Chief Executive Officer, Bank of Industry, Paul Clement-Hunt, Head, United Nations Environmental Programme Financial Institutions, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Group Managing Director/CEO, Access Bank Plc, Prof. Emmanuel Obot, Executive Director, Nigerian Conservative Foundation.