Afreximbank Trade Finance Seminar to feature high-profile speakers

Press Release

The Afreximbank Trade Finance Seminar and Workshop, organised annually by the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), will take place at the Durban International Convention Centre in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa, from 4 to 6 November 2019.

The 2019 Seminar and Workshop will be the 20th in the series which aims to equip African financial institutions, bankers and professionals from regulatory agencies, corporates and law firms with the skills necessary for dealing with the challenges of financing transactions in this era of heightened global economic uncertainty.

With the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, there will be a huge growth in demand for and supply of trade finance – the African Union is forecasting 52 per cent growth in the level of intra-African trade by 2022.

Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, said that the event had become an important annual platform for African bankers and other trade finance practitioners to meet, network and make major contributions to boosting African trade.

This year’s speakers include high-profile experts from leading financial institutions and firms as well as key financial services regulators from Africa and beyond.

Expected participants will be senior executives from African banks and financial institutions, regulatory institutions, hedge funds, Africa country funds, venture capital institutions, corporate entities engaged in trade, manufacturing and privatised infrastructure projects, Afreximbank’s trade finance and project finance intermediaries, African law firms and insurance firms.

About 1,600 African trade finance professionals have taken part in the seminars and workshops since they were introduced in 1999. The 2018 seminar and workshop took place in Casablanca, Morocco.

Topics and workshops to be covered at the event include:
Opportunities from the AfCFTA
Digital transformation and the Pan-African Payment System
Understanding the techniques of structured trade finance
Pan-African customer due diligence
Fintech innovation
Impact of sovereign debt levels on trade finance
The effects on trade of the discontinuation of LIBOR
Supply chain finance
The opening ceremony will feature:
Mr. Sihle Zikalala, Premier of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Mr. Ebrahim Patel, Minister of Trade and Industry, South Africa
Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank
The Seminar will also feature speakers from Afreximbank, KPMG, Standard Chartered Bank, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation and others.

The opening ceremony will take place on Monday 4 November 2019, from 8.45 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. This will be directly followed by a press conference.

Bankers and other professionals interested in participating in the 2019 seminar and workshop can find registration instructions and other details at:

Date: 4 – 6 November 2019

Venue: Durban International Convention Centre, Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, 45 Bram Fischer Road, Durban, 4001, South Africa

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