The United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) recently estimated that in order to adequately fund the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in developing countries, US$5 trillion to US$7 trillion will be required in annual investments by 2030. Fulfilling this ambitious financial requirement presents not only challenges, but also significant opportunities.
The recent introduction of regulatory frameworks and initiatives promoting the development of sustainable finance across Southeast Asia has highlighted the significance and relevance of this important and fast-growing sector. With more corporates, financial institutions, government bodies and regulators becoming aware of Sustainable Development Goals, countries offering environments conducive for the growth of sustainable finance and investment will see tangible and long-term benefits.
Islamic finance plays an important role. Firstly, through the development of effective sell-side capital market products such as Green Sukuk in order to fund sustainable projects and initiatives. Secondly, to provide and channel investment from Shariah compliant asset managers and institutional investors to such initiatives.
This one-day event, developed by REDmoney Events, will focus on the opportunities presented by the growth of ethical, sustainable and responsible finance to the Islamic banking, finance and investment industry in Southeast Asia and beyond. Through a series of engaging keynotes, interviews and panels we shall explore how Islamic and sustainable finance can become more closely interlinked, and how Shariah compliant financial institutions and asset managers can play a greater role towards the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. We also examine how the Islamic finance industry can, through effective guidance and funding, help facilitate the development of other key, strategic sectors, including education, healthcare and agriculture.