ACBF signs partnership agreement with AfrExim Bank

Posted: June 9, 2012 in general

African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) and the African Export and Import Bank (AfrExim Bank) last Thursday in Arusha, Tanzania, formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), aimed at strengthening their collaboration on various capacity building initiatives in Africa. The Agreement recognises the common areas interest in fostering sustainable capacity for African countries.

In signing this MoU, the two institutions agreed to join efforts in supporting inter-African trade, by strengthening institutional capacity for export development, building capacity for research, policy formulation and implementation of think tanks. Private sector organisations in the targeted countries will also be included in the focus areas, in order to uncover innovation in effective economic integration, inter-African trade and export development.

Speaking at the MoU signing, held on the fringes of the AfDB annual Meetings in Arusha, Tanzania, ACBF Executive Secretary, Dr Frannie Léautier highlighted that ACBF would make its current portfolio, as well as its pipeline of capacity development initiatives in Africa available to AfrExim Bank in order for the Bank to consider co-financing programmes and projects of mutual interests.

“By working together to enhance capacity in African Trade Finance, this collaboration will not only improve the management of trade finance, but there will also be a knowledge management aspect to the partnership, through the joint organisation of seminars, workshops and other knowledge sharing events for public sector and among umbrella private sector organisations. A key output will be the publication of a Journal of Trade.”

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr Jean-Louis Ekra, President and Chairman of the Board of AfrExim Bank said that the agreement underpins the Bank’s strategic focus on leveraging partnerships, in order to complement and supplement ongoing efforts at addressing human resource capacity gaps on the continent. He highlighted that “through strategic partnerships and collaboration, our two institutions will be able to create the necessary synergies for the creation of the requisite human and institutional capabilities to support economic growth and development in Africa, by leveraging and pooling our individual technical expertise.”

ACBF has extensive experience working on Africa’s developmental challenges and has an established regional network of partners that are able to carry out capacity development programmes in a sustainable manner, while on its part, AfrExim Bank is an African regional institution that provides trade finance facilities to promote intra-African trade and to encourage African countries to trade internationally. By partnering to mitigate country risks in Africa, the two institutions are expected to create synergies, through joint support for economic policy analysis and management and other capacity development initiatives.

ACBF and AfrExim Bank are complementary in contributing to the mitigation of country risks, as the Bank provides Country Risk Guarantees to enhance the credit of African borrowers, whereas ACBF contributes to better economic policy formulation and management on the continent.

ACBF was established in February 1991. It is the outcome of collaboration between African governments and the international donor community. Its mission is to build sustainable human and institutional capacity for sustainable growth and poverty reduction in Africa. ACBF’s vision is for Africa to be recognised for its socio-political and economic capabilities and endowments – a continent with effective institutions and policies acquired through sustained investment in people and institutions. The Foundation is a leader, major partner and centre of excellence for capacity building in Africa.

The African Union currently serves as an Observer on the ACBF Board of Governors.

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