Tuesday, 27 December 2016

News Release: Djibouti Ratifies Afreximbank Establishment agreement, Signs Agreement For Industrial Development

President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti (right) listens to Afreximbank President Dr. Benedict Oramah during their meeting at the Al Qobba Presidential Palace in Cairo
Djibouti has entered into an agreement with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) to collaborate in the financing and promotion of the country's industrial base for export manufacturing and in the development of its trade-related infrastructure.
Under the terms of a protocol signed today at Egypt's Al Qobba Presidential Palace in Cairo, Afreximbank will assist Djibouti in mobilising the human, technical and financial resources necessary for the completion of projects in the country's logistics, infrastructure and manufacturing sectors, to strengthen Djibouti's position as a gateway for trade for landlocked African economies.

President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, who received an Afreximbank delegation led by Bank President Dr. Benedict Oramah for the signing ceremony, told the delegation that the financing of projects relating to export manufacturing in industrial parks, the renewable energy and telecommunications constituted the country's current development priorities.

"We believe that Djibouti has a strategic role in promoting intra-African trade," responded Dr. Oramah. According to him, given the country's strategic location, it is moving towards becoming a key logistics hub for Africa. "Djibouti also has the potential to become a hub for light manufacturing," added Dr. Oramah.

He commended Djibouti for concluding the ratification of its accession to the Afreximbank Establishment Agreement on record time, marking the full formalisation of its membership of the Bank, and pledged Afreximbank's commitment to supporting Djibouti's trade development drive.

Accompanying President Oramah from the Bank were Dr. George Elombi, Executive Vice President, Corporate Governance and Legal Services; Amr Kamel, Executive Vice President, Business Development and Corporate Banking; Dr. Hippolyte Fofack, Chief Economist and Director, Research and International Cooperation Department; Gerald Chihota, Head, Board Secretariat; Dr. Christiane Abou-Lehaf of the International Cooperation Unit; Morciad Chaparira of the Trade Finance Department; and Manal Mounir of the Communications Unit.

Manal Mounir Hendy

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