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Afreximbank woos Togo to play leading role in West African trade


Cairo – Dr. Benedict Oramah, the President of African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), has urged Togo to formalise its membership of the bank to enable it play a leading role in West African trade.

A statement by the bank on Tuesday, Oramah was quoted to have made the appeal when Togolese President Faure Gnassingbé visited the bank headquarters in Cairo.

He said that Togo could serve as a hub for port activities by taking advantage of its nearness to the Nigerian market.

He said that by signing and ratifying the Afreximbank Establishment Agreement, Togo would become eligible to take advantage of the full range of trade finance programmes and facilities available through the bank.

Oramah said the bank was pursuing Africa’s industrialisation because of the critical role member states could play in moving the continent away from reliance on commodities and overdependence on others for development.

He said that more than 85 per cent of Afreximbank’s loans went to the private sector and that the bank secured international financing through syndications to fund large-scale transactions and projects.

He said that the bank also supported African entrepreneurs by providing them with access to international markets.

Gnassingbé said Togo would take prompt action to complete the necessary steps to become full member of the bank in order to support the effort toward the economic integration of the continent.

Gnassingbé said Afreximbank had proved itself as an effective institution by providing critical financing for African projects.

According to him, Togo is strongly committed to achieving an economically integrated Africa and to the deepening of intra-African trade.

Gnassingbé said African countries must first seek to use resources available within the continent before looking elsewhere.

Afreximbank is the foremost Pan-African multilateral financial institution devoted to financing and promoting intra- and extra-African trade.
The bank was established in October 1993 by African governments, African private and institutional investors and non-African investors.

Its two basic constitutive documents are the Establishment Agreement which gives it the status of an international organisation and the Charter which governs its corporate structure and operations.

Since 1994 Afreximbank has approved almost 35 billion dollars in credit facilities for African businesses including about 4.5 billion dollars in 2014.

Afreximbank is headquartered in Cairo. (NAN)

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