Astana International Exchange (AIX) has agreed to support the Green Investment Principles (GIP) related to investments and operations in the Belt and Road region. The principles have been announced during the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing on 25 April. The GIP was developed by China Green Finance Committee and the City of London in collaboration with other reputable international organizations. The GIP aims to build an international network for improving the management of environmental risks for investments in the Belt and Road region.
The 7 guiding principles that base the GIP, including sustainability in corporate governance; understanding of environmental, governance risk factors; environmental information disclosure; information sharing with stakeholders and utilization of green financial instruments, are seen as effective set of investment principles that offer possible actions to green the investment projects.
Kairat Kelimbetov, the AIFC Governor, commented:
“From its inception the AIFC has identified Green finance as one of its core pillars and focused on developing the necessary rule system, regulatory framework and products which can be favorable to promote and develop green finance in Kazakhstan and in the region. In light of growing attention to climate and environment changes around the world, the awareness and appetite for green finance investments is growing globally. Hence, the sign up to the GIP is fully aligned with AIFC core strategy and principles to become the financing hub for the Belt and Road Initiative projects which incorporates the global green investment principles.”
Tim Bennett, AIX’s CEO, stated:
“One of AIX’s objectives is to introduce capital market products to support Kazakhstan’s economy which take advantage of the opportunities arising under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Signing the GIP emphasizes the regional perspective of AIX to support infrastructure and economic development in Kazakhstan and in the region in accordance with environmentally and socially friendly international practices. Also, signing up to the GIP can make AIX market more connected and integrated with the international green investment community. We are happy to be one of the first signatories to this international network.”
The number of global financial institutions that agreed to sign the GIP is growing, and currently includes major institutions from China such as China Development Bank, Import-Export Bank of China, Industrial and Commerce Bank of China, Agriculture Bank of China and Silk Road Fund Silk and international institutions such as Credit Agricole-CIB, Standard Chartered Bank, French Foreign Trade Bank, Al Hilal Bank, Hong Kong Stock Exchange and Natixis Bank. More and more major international institutions are considering signing up to the GIP.