The theme was “boosting investment in sustainable forestry, forest carbons and renewable energy” on the African continent.
The three-day conference was run by the African Bio-fuel and Renewable Energy Company (ABREC), FMO, a Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank, African Export-Import Bank, African Development Bank Group and the Nyenrode Business University, alongside the Forestry Commission of Ghana.
AAA’s analysis partner, Anthony Johnson, said that the conference did well to highlight the potential of timber investments across the globe. Investments of less than $15,000 are needed to invest in the sustainable plantations run by Greenwood Management in Brazil and Canada. Timber prices have beaten inflation over the past 100 years by an average of 3.3 per cent.
“Timber is a low-risk and high-return investment,”
As savings are squeezed and stocks become more unpredictable, timber offers both attractive returns to investors as well as significant environmental and social benefits within local communities. Sustainable forestry is a hot topic across Africa, Canada and South America and ‘green’ investments such as timber are growing in popularity.
At the conference, Ghana President John Dramani Mahama assured potential investors that forestry offered enormous opportunities for public-private sector initiatives across the world. It's time to get involved.
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