‘As a panelist of the Forum Tembe will share ENPF’s experience regarding the integration of Environmental Social Governance (ESG) in their investment processes, especially when it comes to all the local unlisted investments, and how this practice has ensured that the Fund delivers value for the Fund’s membership’

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By Ntokozo Nkambule

Eswatini National Provident Fund’s (ENPF), General Manager Finance & Business Development, Futhi Tembe will represent the Fund in the 8th Africa ESG and 7th Africa Investment Funds and Asset Management Forum (AIFAM). The forum will be held on the 24th & 25th of August 2022 in Mauritius and is hosted by the MNCapital Group.

Tembe will be amongst twelve representatives from different parts of the African continent including renowned investment guru, Elias Masilela who has close ties with Eswatini. Masilela is the current Executive Chairman of DNA Economics; a specialist economic and development consulting firm founded in 2004 which provides clients with the in-depth expertise and analysis necessary to make the right choices. He has also held reputable positions such as being the Chief Executive Officer of Public Investment Corporation (PIC), Africa’s largest government owned asset management firm, which has assets under management valued at R1.9 Trillion.

In an interview with this publication, Tembe noted that as a social security scheme, they are heavily involved in the investment of their members’ funds, therefore, it is imperative that they become part of this forum. In terms of what she will present about as a panelist, “As one of the panelists I will be sharing ENPF’s experience on how the Fund has managed to integrate ESG in its investment processes, especially when it comes to all the local unlisted investments and how this practice has ensured that the Fund delivers value for the Fund’s membership. The different areas that I will cover will include the outlook for investment strategies that we employ that talk to the ESG principles, delivering growth, management of risk, as well as factors such as governance and transparency” she noted. The General Manager clarified that she will attend on behalf of ENPF, and believes that this forum will present her with valuable networking opportunities, which will be valuable for Fund.

MNCapital Group’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Michael Ndinisa notes that the 8th Annual Africa Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Forum seeks to evaluate the penetration of ESG integration and impact investing in Africa. “With a considerable focus on the risks associated with impact investing and ESG integration. Asset owners, institutional investors, and investment professionals will have the opportunity to explore practical issues associated with ESG integration in portfolio management. The role of Pension and Retirement Funds in driving ESG integration, Private Equity and ESG consideration, Hedge funds appetite for ESG integration, ESG and Real Asset Classes – Agribusiness, Commodities, Energy and Real Estate” notes the CEO.

The 7th Annual Africa Investment Funds and Asset Management (AIFAM Forum) on the other hand brings together a delegation of government representatives, asset managers, pension fund trustees, pension fund administrators, investment consultants, private equity specialists, insurance companies, and many more to talk about issues around boosting investment in Africa.

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