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7 Dec 2022 • Doing Business • Conference

Mauritius unveils its SDG Investor Map, an innovative market intelligence platform to accelerate private sector investment for development.

6 December 2022, Port-Louis, Mauritius

Following extensive research and consultations with the public and private sector, the Government of Mauritius, through the Economic Development Board (EDB) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has launched the Mauritius SDGs Investor Map. The SDG Investor Map is a market intelligence tool that will direct private capital to emerging markets where SDG priorities, government policy and market opportunities converge.

The Mauritius SDGs Investor Map for Mauritius establishes 17 Investment Opportunity Areas (IOAs) across six sectors, namely Renewable Resources and Alternative Energy, Infrastructure, Services, Education, Healthcare, Food and Beverages. The identified business models a high potential to advance Mauritius’ Vision 2030 through a strong private sector-led economy founded on the principles of inclusivity and sustainability.

“The SDG Investor Map is a great tool which is aligned with the Government of Mauritius vision, and it will be instrumental in the years ahead as an investment value proposition to the investor community. The EDB remains committed and takes ownership of this innovative market intelligence platform and we look forward to working closely with UNDP to make this a great tool for development financing in Mauritius.” said Ken Poonoosamy, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Board, Mauritius

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Addressing evolving development challenges requires substantial financing including unlocking private capital for SDG-anchored investments in partnership with the private sector. Recognizing the pressing need posed by a lack of impact investment intelligence, the SDG Investor Map empowers investors and stakeholders seeking investment opportunities to generate positive impact with the required evidence. The mapping of public-private investment opportunities presents a shift in the traditional development finance narrative and promotes access to vibrant and innovative finance mechanisms, that intersect with national development needs.

“The recent global crises have shown that building resilient economies is imperative to reducing vulnerabilities and that the private sector can be a key partner in advancing and financing sustainable development. The Mauritius SDG Investor Map presents a unique opportunity for the public and private sectors to work together, placing people and planet at the heart of business.” said Ms. Ahunna Eziakonwa, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa. To deliver transparency and support accountability for SDG-linked investment, based on the 17 opportunity areas outlined, the Mauritius SDG Investor Map provides an entry point to support the private sector to manage, measure and authenticate their contributions to sustainability. The SDG Investor Map also provides for public-private financing dialogue platforms, which promote private participation in SDG-aligned public investments. These include SDG corporate bonds and public-private partnerships, which do not only translate SDG-oriented national development plan priorities into investor language, but also allow for the effective utilization of the limited public resources available.

Since 2019, UNDP has supported the development of SDGs Investor Maps in 15 countries across Africa including Mauritius. As part of the wider engagements within the UNDP-supported Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs) implemented in 36 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen sustainable development, the country-specific SDG Investor Maps identify over 200 investment opportunities with proven business models and potential to reduce poverty and inequalities, advancing human wellbeing and education, and preserving the planet.

The market intelligence on SDG investment opportunities from the Mauritius SDG Investor Map and other countries are publicly available on the SDG Investor Platform to enable investors make informed decisions on where to allocate capital. UNDP works with its partners to realise the investment opportunities towards capital allocation into the SDGs, and supports organisations to manage for impact through the SDG Impact Standards as voluntary management standards designed to guide businesses and investors on their sustainability journeys.

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