Friday, 31 October 2014

News Release: Stakeholders Create African Customer Due Diligence Platform

Participants in the Afreximbank Customer Due Diligence Forum in Dakar

Stakeholders in the African financial services sector have established an African customer due diligence repository to assist in reducing costs incurred by financial institutions in meeting compliance requirements on African transactions and to mitigate other negative impacts of current due diligence requirements on African trade and trade finance.

The establishment of the African Customer Due Diligence Repository Platform (ACDIRP) was announced in a communiqué issued at the end of the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) Customer Due Diligence and Corporate Governance Forum held in Dakar from 28 to 29 October 2014.

According to the communique released by the Bankers, representatives of financial institutions, corporates, and regulators attending the Forum, ACDIRP will serve as a centralized source of customer due diligence information on African banks, financial institutions and corporate entities in accordance with international best practices and will be available by subscription.

It stated that ACDIRP would operate as an online platform and would also be used by participating entities for the sharing of experience and knowledge in customer due diligence and corporate governance.

Earlier, Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra had told the participants that the increasing costs confronted by African banks and financial institutions in complying with the constantly evolving compliance regulations imposed by the principal international financial centres had made it necessary to find standardized Africa-specific solutions to challenges in the financial services sector.
He stated that the establishment of ACDIRP would make it easier for African financial institutions to comply with best practices in customer due diligence processes and procedures.

During the Forum, participants heard presentations on key aspects of corporate governance and due diligence from African and international experts. Discussions focused on customer due diligence and corporate governance in Africa, with emphasis on solutions to the challenges faced by financial institutions and corporate entities on the continent.

The Afreximbank Customer Due Diligence and Corporate Governance Forum was organised by the Bank in collaboration with the Banque Centrale des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, the Government of Senegal, and CISSCORP Holding International, a Senegal-based consulting firm.

Obi Emekekwue
Afreximbank External Communications

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