Prime Minister Sunak has redoubled the UK's commitment to mobilising billions in finance to help get the Sustainable Development Goals back on track.
- British Investment Partnerships to mobilise $40 billion by the end of 2027 for global infrastructure and economic development
- UK development finance institution confirms first investment in Asia
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak had redoubled the UK's commitment to mobilising billions in public and private finance to help get the Sustainable Development Goals back on track at the G7 in Japan.
The UK's development finance institution, British International Investment, recently (20 May 2023) announced its first investment in the Indo-Pacific. The $15 million [£12m] investment in the SUSI Asia Energy Transition Fund will support renewable energy, energy storage and microgrid projects across the continent.
The G7 launched the global infrastructure investment initiative under the UK's presidency in Carbis Bay in 2021, to provide transparent and reliable sources of finance to build vital and long-neglected infrastructure in low and middle income countries, from bridges and roads to renewable energy grids.
The Prime Minister confirmed, ahead of a side event on the Partnership for Global Infrastructure Investment at the G7, that the UK will aim to mobilise $40 billion in financing for sustainable infrastructure investment and economic development by the end of 2027.
UK public and private financing has already helped to kickstart a huge range of projects, from wind and solar projects in India to sustainable energy supplies for hospitals in Africa.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak recently said:
“We know the transformative power of reliable, responsible private investment. It's the spark that is helping us to build ports in Senegal and Somaliland, hydropower projects in Rwanda and offshore wind in India.
“The UK is committed to ensuring the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment delivers the financing the world needs to lift communities out of poverty.”
The UK is also working with G7 partners to reform the international tax architecture and make the international financial system more responsive to developing countries' needs, for example by including Climate Resilient Debt Clauses (CRDCs) in new lending.
These clauses allow debt repayments to be suspended when climate shocks, such as hurricanes, hit. This in turn frees up resources to quickly respond to crises.
The UK's Export Finance was the first Export Credit Agency to offer CRDCs and the first deals using this new approach are set to be announced over the next few months.
This is part of the UK's broader work with partners to build a bigger, better and fairer international financial system.