The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has closed a Korea-focused US$150 million club facility which has Shinhan Bank as coordinator and lender.
Other banks participating as lenders in the facility, which has a three-year tenor, are KEB Hana Bank, Woori Bank and Nong Hyup Bank.
Speaking at the signing ceremony held in London, Denys Denya, Afreximbank’s Executive Vice President in charge of Finance, Administration and Banking Services, said that the facility will greatly enhance Afreximbank’s capacity to achieve its core mandate; in particular expanding intra-African trade, supporting export manufacturing, and significantly filling the trade finance gap the continent is currently experiencing by providing it with the requisite funding capabilities at competitive pricing.
“The Facility also helps Afreximbank to diversify its sources of funding by geography, instrument and investor base,” continued Mr. Denya.
He noted that despite being a debut facility in the particular market, the facility – which targeted raising US$150million, was oversubscribed to the tune of US$160million with four banks joining in, saying that the development is clear testimony of strong confidence in Afreximbank.
Mr. Denya commended all the institutions which participated in the facility and noted that while banks in Korea had participated in previous fundraising activities, this is the first time a facility specifically focused on Korea has been arranged for the Bank.
He said that Afreximbank saw a lot of opportunities for collaboration in Africa and invited the participating banks to work with it as it invested in the continent, adding: “It is my fervent hope that this targeted facility is the first of many more similar to come”.
Accompanying Mr. Denya to the signing ceremony were Afreximbank Treasurer Chandi Mwenebungu and Douglas Tsetsetse of the Treasury Department.
Agreement to boost Africa-Uzbek trade signed
The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and National Bank for Foreign Economic Activity (NBU) of Uzbekistan have entered into a cooperation agreement aimed at strengthening economic relations between African countries and Uzbekistan.
The agreement, which was signed recently on the sidelines of the Egyptian-Uzbek Business Conference in Tashkent, will see the two banks financing Africa-Uzbek trade valued at up to US$50million, on a non-committal basis, under the economic development initiatives of the government of Uzbekistan.
The agreement will also have Afreximbank and NBU cooperating in the promotion of business opportunities for Uzbek and African entities in Uzbekistan; supporting exporters and importers in Africa and Uzbekistan; and supporting investments by African entities in Uzbekistan.
Denys Denya, Executive Vice President, Finance, Administration and Banking Services, signed the agreement on behalf of Afreximbank, while Alisher Mirsoatov, Chairman of NBU, signed for his institution.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Denya said that the agreement will make it possible for the institutions to consult, cooperate, exchange information and share views on areas of common interest in order to foster business opportunities and mutual cooperation.
NBU had invited Afreximbank to join the Egyptian delegation, led by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi, to the Egyptian-Uzbek Business forum. Also joining the delegation were Dr. Sahar Nasr, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, and Amr Nassar, Minister of Trade and Industry, as well as a number of prominent Egyptian businessmen.