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Afreximbank hinges success of AfCFTA on private participation



The success of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will rest significantly on the ability of the continent’s private sector to generate or create the goods that will enter the trade, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank), has said.

Addressing Egyptian business leaders at a breakfast organized in Cairo, Dr. Oramah said that it would also depend on how the private sector in one market was able to identify and realise opportunities in other markets.

He highlighted the need for the private sector to take advantage of the opportunities that the CFTA would offer, arguing that Egypt, with its relatively advanced industrial base, could serve as a viable manufacturing hub and major source of technologies for most of the continent.

Its nearness to major markets in Africa also offered a tremendous opportunity for accessing the abundant raw materials and other intermediate goods from other African countries for further processing and export at competitive rates to other markets.

Afreximbank was working actively with the African Union Commission to ensure the realization of the goals of the AfCFTA, he said, telling the business leaders that the Bank could “assist you with information, market intelligence and financing, which will enable you take advantage of the opportunities that are emerging as a result of the AfCFTA”.

According to the President, the AfCFTA has the potential to increase Egypt’s trade with the rest of Africa by at least five folds.

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