AfricaSIF is rolling out. After months of preparation and development of the AfricaSIF project by the team members, we have a date for our first launch event as we conduct our awareness-raising roll-out on AfricaSIF. We are delighted that the JSE is offering us their fine venue. Stock exchanges play a critical role, and especially the JSE SRI Index has been in the vanguard of debating and evolving what it means to consider ESG factors in investment decisions in Africa since launching in 2004. We know environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues can affect the performance of investment portfolios (to varying degrees across companies, sectors, regions, asset classes and through time). The question is how do we as individuals and institutions talk about the realities of making it happen here in Africa?

The launch event kicks off around 5pm for 2 hours of cocktails and networking by all kinds of people - we are expecting a range of investors, analysts, policy-makers, NGOs, media, financial advisors, lawyers and other interested parties talking all about ESG investment in Africa. Our international group of African investment practitioners reflects the increasing relevance of environmental, social and corporate governance issues to investment practices. AfricaSIF will help make connections at the individual level, and open the window to what is really happening in Africa today.

For more details check out the website http://africasif.yolasite.com/africasif-launch-event-jse-9-june-2010.php and be sure to RSVP on time. Note the lucky draw prizes we can offer for the Inaugural African Cup of Investment Management 9-10 September in Cape Town, kindly offered by our partners at IMN, the international conferencing organization.

AfricaSIF believes sustainable investment will improve our ability to stand tall as investment practitioners to meet our commitments to clients and beneficiaries as well as better align our investment activities with the broader interests of society. We look forward to meeting you @ the JSE, be sure to RSVP soon. And look out for further launch events, next up in Cape Town...

Siyaya phambili
GS