Banking & Finance

New management appointments for the African Development Bank

Omobola HollistThe African Development Bank has announced five new senior appointments

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TriLinc Global Impact Fund makes important investments in Sub-Saharan Africa

33184582863 89239ec03a zTriLinc Global Impact Fund has announced this week that it has approved an additional US$37.5mn in term loan and trade finance facilities to companies operating in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia, bringing total financing commitments as of 31 July 2017 to US$356.4mn for business expansion and socioeconomic development through its holdings in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and Southeast Asia

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Standard Bank: Weathering Africa’s commercial real estate storm

Gerhard Zeelie Standard BankInnovative financing solutions realises African real estate opportunity  

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Earthport partner Access Bank to expand into Nigeria, enabling inbound payments

1 1204463487cJKyEarthport, the leading payment network for cross-border transactions, has announced that it has partnered with Access Bank Plc, one of Africa's foremost financial institutions, to provide delivery of cross-border payment services into Nigeria


Access Bank Plc is one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions and has a strong focus on servicing the Nigerian diaspora.

This new payment channel has been created in direct response to the need for more effective servicing of remittances and low-value payments sourced from outside the country, which now total an estimated US$19bn per year, representing 4.7 per cent of the country’s GDP2.

The partnership is part of Earthport’s longer term strategy of expansion into the African continent.

Commenting on the partnership, Victor Etuokwu, Executive Director, Access Bank Plc, Nigeria, said: “It is with great pleasure that Access Bank Plc is partnering with Earthport Plc, a reputable global payment network, to meet the needs of our customers who require a sound and reliable international payment platform. As a top player in the remittance industry in Nigeria, our wide branch network and large customer base will be invaluable to this partnership and we are confident that this relationship will be a mutually beneficial one to both parties. This alliance also supports the Bank’s vision of being ‘the world’s most respected African Bank’ and our mantra of speed, service and security.” 

Hank Uberoi, Chief Executive Officer, Earthport Plc, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Access Bank to extend our global payment network into Nigeria, which is undergoing a rapid transformation. With this comes a growing demand for efficient cross-border payment services, which Earthport will deliver to this important market, together with innovative solutions for financial inclusion. This is also a significant step in the expansion of Earthport’s global footprint.”

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Nigeria Technical Cooperation Fund celebrates first ten years

csm Ntcf cover pic a3ccb2940bThe Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) of Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the African Development Bank (AfDB) celebrated the completion of the first life cycle of the Nigeria Technical Co-operation Fund (NTCF) in a ceremony in Abuja on 1 August 2017

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