Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah (left) and Marouane El Abassi, Governor of the Tunisian Central Bank, after the meeting in Tunis.
Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah (left) and Marouane El Abassi, Governor of the Tunisian Central Bank, after the meeting in Tunis.

The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) today in Tunis held discussions with the Tunisian Central Bank aimed at strengthening collaboration between the two institutions.

Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah led the Afreximbank delegation while Marouane El Abassi, Governor of the Tunisian Central Bank, led his team.

Prof. Oramah told the Governor that the Bank considered the central bank to be its natural partner, citing the long relationship that had existed between them since Afreximbank’s commencement of operations when the central bank served as a Board Member.

He briefed the Governor about Afreximbank’s plans, including the announcement that it was considering reopening its Tunis-based Regional Office for the Maghreb Region in order to revive trade flows between North Africa and the rest of the continent and to be nearer to Tunisian businesses.

According to him, Tunisia will be a good anchor for intra-African trade.

Responding, Governor El Abassi commended Afreximbank for its support for Tunisia, including the just-announced $500-million Tunisia-Africa Trade and Investment Promotion Programme, which will support Tunisian businesses trading with the rest of Africa and the $300 million approved for six Tunisian banks under Afreximbank’s Trade Facilitation Programme.

He said that Africa was very important to Tunisia and that the country was leading cooperation effort among five central banks in the Maghreb region.

Accompanying President Oramah on the visit were Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking; Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative; Obi Emekekwue, Director and Global Head, Communications and Events Management; Richman Dzene, Special Assistant to the President; Jacqueline Clarisse Motsebo of the Legal Department; Dr. Abdel Aziz El Marzougui of the Strategy and Innovation Department; and Ayman El Zogby of the Intra-African Trade Initiative.

The Tunisian Central bank team included Raoudha Boukadida; Skander Turki; Abdelkrim Lassoued; and Mourad Abdesslem.

Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah (2nd left) and Marouane El Abassi, Governor of the Tunisian Central Bank, (3rd left) with Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking (right) Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, after the meeting in Tunis.
Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah (2nd left) and Marouane El Abassi, Governor of the Tunisian Central Bank, (3rd left) with Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking (right) Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative, after the meeting in Tunis.
Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah (2nd left) and others react to a point during the meeting in Tunis
Afreximbank President Prof. Benedict Oramah (2nd left) and others react to a point during the meeting in Tunis

 

The meeting between Afreximbank and the Tunisian Central Bank in session in Tunis
The meeting between Afreximbank and the Tunisian Central Bank in session in Tunis
  • Publishing Date : February 5, 2019

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