Afreximbank advice manufacturers to make quality products to benefit AfCFTA

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The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has urged the private sector in the continent to manufacture goods that would fit into the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to reap benefits of the agreement.

Dr Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, said this in a statement issued by Mr Obi Emekekwue, the bank’s Director and Global Head, Communications and Events Management Department on Monday.

Oramah gave the advice while addressing Egyptian business leaders at a breakfast meeting in Cairo.

He said that it would be meaningless for the continent’s private sector to manufacture goods that were of no benefit to the Continental Free Trade Area and expect returns.

The president urged the private sector in different countries to identify the opportunities in other markets.

According to him, this will ensure success of the CFTA, as Afreximbank has started working with the African Union Commission to ensure the realisation of the goals.

He assured that the bank would assist with information, market intelligence and financing, which would enable the private sector take advantage of the opportunities that would emerge as a result of the AfCFTA.

Kanayo Awani, the bank’s Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, informed the business leaders that to strengthen trade in Africa, an Intra-African Trade Fair would hold in Cairo in December.

Awani said that the fair, which was being organised by Afreximbank in collaboration with the African Union (AU), would hold fromDec. 11 to Dec. 17.

The business breakfast was organised by AfroDev, a Cairo-based consulting and training firm that works on promoting economic development and business links among African countries.

Afreximbank is the foremost pan-African multilateral financial institution devoted to financing and promoting intra- and extra-African trade.

Since 1994, it has approved more than 51 billion dollars in credit facilities for African businesses, including about 10.3 billion dollars in 2016.

The bank had total assets of 11.7 billion dollars as at Dec. 31, 2016.

It is rated BBB+ (GCR), Baa1 (Moody’s), and BBB- (Fitch), and has its headquarters in Cairo.

 

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