Stakeholders Begins Engagement To Sustain Nigeria’s Green Bond Initiative 

Yemisi Izuora 

Operators in Nigeria’s investor community have appraised the recently launched Nigerian Green Bond Market Development Programme, with a view to sustaining the initiative.

The Programme was launched into the Nigerian debt capital markets in June this year.

At the maiden Investors Capacity Building And Training Session, organized by the FMDQ OTC Securities Exchange, in collaboration with Financial Sector Deepening Africa and Climate Bonds Initiative, in line with the provisions and objectives of the Programme, experts held robust discussions and views on advantages and potentials of the initiative.

The Session which held at the FMDQ Offices, Exchange Place, provided a platform to build the required technical capabilities within the investor community to drive green bond investment decisions. 

The session, which commenced with a review and activity update of the recently launched Programme had in attendance, the Honourable Minister of State for Environment, Mallam Ibrahim Usman Jibril, ably represented by Dr. Peter Tarfa, Director of Climate Change at the Ministry; Chairman, Steering Committee of the FMDQ Debt Capital Markets Development Project 2025, Mr. Bolaji Balogun, amongst others. 

Whilst welcoming the guests to the Session, the Minister noted that the tenets of sustainable finance and indeed, green bonds issuances have come to stay, and that Nigeria should leverage the opportunities provided by this formidable partnership which is geared to build a pool of green bond demonstration issues that will be used to finance key infrastructure and environmental- friendly projects. 

Further discussions led by Mr. Victor Nkiiri, Capital Markets Specialist at FSD Africa, and Mr. Olumide Lala, Programme Manager, Africa Markets at CBI delved into the state of the global green bonds market and the investment opportunities open to investors. Challenges to green bonds investment including the requisite documentation and the technical capability required to grow and nurture green investments were also discussed. 

In appreciating the market participants and varied green finance stakeholder groups gathered for this maiden Investors’ Roundtable, Ms. Tumi Sekoni, Associate Executive Director at FMDQ, expressed her delight in the formidable partnership between FMDQ, FSD Africa and CBI; noting that investors are a critical part of our markets and in no small measure, play a defining role in green investments. 

According to Ms. Sekoni, the importance of stakeholder engagement across the sustainable and green finance value chain cannot be overemphasised, even as the Nigerian financial market sets to tap the development opportunities availed in this space. 

According to Evans Osano, Director Financial markets at FSD Africa, “We are delighted to be part of this partnership which will enable investors – the driving force of green growth – to be better equipped to evaluate green investments and thus building the green economy of Nigeria. We hope that other African markets will soon learn from Nigeria’s example and follow suit to enable attractive green investments that will drive sustainable green growth.” 

Justine Leigh-Bell, Director, Market Development at CBI went on to comment that “This roundtable is another step towards a robust Nigerian green finance market. The early involvement of investors is a vital component of the broad stakeholder support required to develop initial green issuances. The event demonstrated the momentum is there amongst all major players for successful market development.” 

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