Island Finance Forum set for April
Registration is now open for the Island Finance Forum 2022, the annual event that brings together senior financiers, development partners and regulators to share and exchange expertise on sustainable and inclusive financial structures in island communities.
Organisers say the forum, set for April 25-29 with the theme “Investment for Sustainable Development”, aims to highlight the unique financial challenges faced by global island communities and the solutions for sustainable economic recovery and inclusive growth in a post-pandemic world.
The free virtual event will be accessible to attendees from across the globe in a variety of interactive sessions, including networking opportunities to meet and exchange ideas face to face or in small groups.
Content tracks at the event include climate finance, risk and insurance, renewable energy finance, blue economy, blockchain and crypto currency, and start-up ecosystems.
Attendees can choose which of the topics and sessions they actively participate in and after the event many will also watch and comment on the session recordings, organisers said.
The forum said it will bridge the gap between sustainable development practitioners and financial stakeholders; help island stakeholders to access expert knowledge and financial opportunities available to them; and showcase the economic opportunities available from investing in the sustainability sector on islands — particularly impact investing and ESG (environmental, social and governance).
The four-day forum features speakers from islands around the world.
Among those taking part are Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda; Andrew Fahie, premier of the Virgin Islands; Julie Thomas, chief minister of St Helena; and Surangel S. Whipps Jr, president of the Republic of Palau.
The event website does not currently feature any Bermudian, or island-based, speakers.
A year ago, the forum featured Curtis Dickinson, then the Minister of Finance; Roger Todd, Bermuda's director of the Department of Public Transportation; and Stephen Weinstein, chairman of the Bermuda Business Development Agency.
Organisers said registrants will receive a replay link after the event.
For more information and to register, see: https://islandinnovation.co/.