African Trade: Afreximbank, CDB Sign $500m Agreement

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Zonal Business Manager, Anselm Alokha (left), presenting a dimming cheque to the Winner of Star United We Shine Millionaires Promo, Mrs Edward Bassey, at a Regional Presentation in Aba, recently.

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) says it has signed a 500-million dollar facility with the China Development Bank (CDB) to support trade enabling infrastructure projects across the continent.
The bank’s Director and Global Head, Communications and Events Management Department, Mr Obi Emekekwue, said last Friday that the Afreximbank obtained the facility last Thursday in Changsha, China.
The President of Afreximbank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, signed the agreement while Zheng Zhijie Liu, Vice Chairman and President of CDB signed for CDB, Emekekwue said in a statement.
Oramah said the facility would also be used to support Afreximbank’ s trade finance intermediaries to provide medium to long term financing for sub-projects in energy, telecommunication, transportation, agriculture, medical sector, industrial park or any related trade finance transactions.
The signing ceremony of the facility, which had a 10-year tenure, was done on the sidelines of the “4th Investing in Africa Forum” in Changsha.
“This facility strengthens our capacity to realise our mandate and makes it possible for Afreximbank and CDB to achieve important development outcomes in Africa.
“We are actively seeking to drive Africa’s development by working with partners to support employment creation, increased economic activities, and increased tax earnings for governments,”Oramah said.
Oramah said the facility would contribute to the promotion of South-South trade, particularly between China and Africa, while providing long-term funding, which Afreximbank would transfer to its clients.
Zheng Zhijie said, as a development finance institution of the Chinese government, CDB had always promoted China-Africa cooperation as the focus of its international business.
He said since 2006, the bank had provided more than 50 billion dollars for nearly 500 projects in 43 countries.
He added that the funds had been used to support a large number of key projects in infrastructure, energy and minerals, telecommunications, agriculture and others.