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A significant moment in African climate investment occurred as NMB Bank’s sustainability bond, the NMB Jamii Bond, was cross-listed on the London Stock Exchange. This event signifies a crucial step forward in attracting global capital for climate finance and development in Africa.

Originally issued as the largest sustainability bond in East Africa, the NMB Jamii Bond has drawn attention from international investors, including British International Investment (BII), the UK’s development finance institution. BII’s commitment to climate finance, with at least 30% of its total commitments dedicated to such endeavors, underscores the growing importance of sustainability in global investment strategies.

Christopher Chijiutomi, Managing Director and Head of Africa at BII, highlighted the significance of the NMB listing, stating it offers a unique opportunity for UK and global investors to participate in Africa’s future. Deputy Foreign Secretary and Minister for Development and Africa Andrew Mitchell echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the UK’s ongoing commitment to sustainable development in Africa.

NMB Bank’s Chief Executive, Ms. Ruth Zaipuna, expressed pride in the bank’s sustainability efforts and its role as a trailblazer in African capital markets. The successful listing of the Jamii Bond reflects investor confidence in NMB Bank’s dedication to sustainability and its positive impact on Tanzania’s investment climate.

Julia Hoggett, CEO of LSE plc, welcomed NMB Bank’s sustainability bond to the London Stock Exchange, highlighting London’s position as a global hub for sustainable finance. The listing demonstrates NMB’s commitment to transparency and sustainability objectives while showcasing continued international investor support for African issuers.

The need for inward investment into Africa is pressing, with an estimated finance gap of $200-400 billion per year. The funds raised through the NMB Jamii Bond will be directed towards high-impact companies addressing the climate emergency and promoting inclusive growth across the continent.

Mark Napier, Chief Executive of FSD Africa, praised the milestone, noting its potential to mobilize sustainable finance within and beyond Africa. The listing of the NMB sustainability bond is expected to significantly contribute to Africa’s climate finance needs, estimated at $277 billion annually.

The successful issuance of the NMB Jamii Bond on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange highlighted the growing capacity of local investors to meet the demand for climate and sustainability financing. The bond’s alignment with international sustainability guidelines underscores the importance of transparent and accountable reporting in sustainable finance initiatives.

In conclusion, the cross-listing of NMB Bank’s sustainability bond on the London Stock Exchange marks a significant milestone in African climate investment, fostering collaboration between African institutions and global investors to address the climate crisis and promote sustainable development across the continent

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

17th May, 2024

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