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07 September 2021

Trade finance: Bridging the gap in times of AfCFTA

Webinar - English
Trade finance: Bridging the gap in times of AfCFTA

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Africa is amid a trade finance crisis set to be significant and lasting. The continent’s trade finance gap already stood at $81 billion in 2019, then as the pandemic hit, economic outflows from Africa soared above $5 billion in Q1 2020 as international banks became risk-averse in emerging economies. Now SMEs already facing cashflow difficulties amid the pandemic are confronted with an increase in letters of credit request rejections. Can pan-African banks take advantage of the international banking contraction? And can the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), in its inaugural year, pump life into intra-Africa trade finance?

 

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Key points

  • Africanizing trade finance – eliminating sticking points for pan-African banks 
  • Digital and AfCFTA – Paperless transactions and the impact of AFCFTA on trade flows 
  • Policy measures – how to ease regulatory burdens and facilitate digital innovation 

 

Speakers

Alain Nounke
Moderator

Alain Nounke

Gestionnaire de Portefeuille, Institutions Financières, IFC Afrique
Chinwe Egwim
Expert

Chinwe Egwim

Chief Economist, Coronation Merchant Bank
Michelle Knowles
Speakers

Michelle Knowles

Pan Africa Head of Trade Finance Product, Absa Group
Nathalie Louat
Speakers

Nathalie Louat

Director of Trade & Supply Chain Finance, IFC
Blandine Gamblin
Speakers

Blandine Gamblin

Head of Trade Finance for Africa, Société Générale