AfDB, Citi and IFC Enter New Agreement to Support Trade Finance in Africa
London - October 4, 2012 – The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group, Citi and International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, have agreed to provide a $175 million thre-year revolving credit facility covering short-term trades for exporters and importers in Africa. This agreement builds on the success of a previous similar program launched in 2010 to help boost economic growth in the region.
The financing is part of the The Global Trade Liquidity Program (GTLP), a unique, coordinated global initiative launched in July 2009 by IFC, AfDB and Citi that brings together governments, development finance institutions (DFIs), and private sector banks to support trade in developing markets and address the shortage of trade finance resulting from the global financial crisis.
As Citi Economists expect Africa to more than double its share of world trade from 3% in 2010 to 7% in 2050, the program addresses the substantial increase in regional trade flows. Under the agreement, Citi will originate $175 million in trade finance transactions from 125 financial institutions across 32 countries in Africa. IFC and AfDB will jointly fund $70 million of the portfolio balance by Citi to provide additional liquidity while the local institutions, in turn, will extend trade financing to importers and exporters.
The short-term, revolving nature of the assets financed could mean a US$700 million total impact in trade financing under this program. The program, part of a larger strategy to transform trade finance in Africa, addresses increased demand in the region.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with AfDB and IFC to enhance trade finance availability in Africa,” said Anurag Chaudhary, Managing Director, Global Head, Trade Distribution at Citi. “In the current challenging environment, we believe that this type of program is instrumental in driving much needed US$ liquidity and credit into the African trade finance market, thereby supporting global trade growth.” “Citi has been present in Africa for over 50 years and this transaction leverages our well-established local franchise as well as our global trade network while demonstrating our commitment to the region,” added Ade Ayeyemi, Head of Citi Transaction Services in Africa. “We conduct business in 23 countries across the continent and continuously invest in the region as we intend to play an integral part in the rise of Africa.”
“The African Development Bank (AfDB) is delighted to combine resources with Citi and IFC in this very important initiative,” said Timothy Turner, Director of Private Sector & Microfinance Department. “At a time when liquidity is constrained globally, it is imperative for us at AfDB to facilitate access to trade financing for African corporates and SMEs.”
“We recognize the strong link between trade and economic growth, which informs our commitment to supporting trade finance in Africa,” noted Yaw Kuffour, Head of Trade Finance, AfDB. “The Bank’s contribution of US$50 million to this Program is testimony to this commitment. And plans are underway to further strengthen it,” he concluded.
Georgina Baker, Director Trade and Supply Chain, IFC said: “While the impact of the crisis is felt throughout the global economy, the poorest are often those who are most affected by reduced growth, incomes and increased prices of critical goods. Trade finance is a key part of IFC’s integrated response to the current global financial situation and this facility with Citi will help protect trade flows and economic growth across Africa.”
1 Citi GPS (Global Perspectives & Solutions) “Trade Transformed: The Emerging New Corridors of Trade Power,” note authored by Citi’s Global Economics team, October 2011
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