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AfDB Approves $50M Trade Finance Deal with Standard Chartered Bank

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The African Development Bank Group has approved a $50m Trade Finance Unfunded Risk Participation Agreement (RPA) for StandardChartered Bank.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘African Development Bank approves a $50m Multinational Trade Finance Risk Participation Agreement facility for Standard Chartered Bank’ published on the bank’s website on Wednesday.

The statement said, “The board of directors of the African Development Bank Group has approved a $50m Trade Finance Unfunded Risk Participation Agreement facility between the African Development Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.”

The essence of this agreement is to promote intra-Africa trade, ensure regional integration and lessen the trade finance gap in Africa.

“The agreement is expected to boost intra-Africa trade, promote regional integration, and contribute to the reduction of the trade finance gap in Africa, in line with implementation aspirations of the African Continental Free Trade Area,”

The bank’s Director for Financial Sector Development, Stefan Nalletamby, stated that “We are excited about finalising this facility with Standard Chartered Bank as it offers us the flexibility to use our strong AAA-rated risk-bearing capacity to increase access to trade finance and boost intra/extra-African trade on the continent, in support of the AfCFTA.

“This partnership is expected to catalyze more than $600m in value of trade finance transactions across multi-sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and energy over the next three years.”

Director-General of the bank’s Southern Africa region, Leila Mokadem, was quoted to have said, “The advent of COVID-19, coupled with stringent regulatory/capital requirements and Know Your Customer compliance enforcement, has seen many global banks reduce their correspondent banking relationships in Africa, while some are exiting the market altogether.

“There is, therefore, an urgent need for financing to reenergise Africa’s trade, which requires more participation of institutions like the African Development Bank.”

The parties in the agreement are expected to share the default risk on a portfolio of eligible trade transactions originated by African Issuing Banks and indemnified by Standard Chartered Bank.

Beneficiaries of this facility are issuing banks in Africa with the ability to grow their trade finance business has been constrained by inadequate trade confirmation lines from international banks.

Other beneficiaries are small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and domestic firms which rely on these issuing banks to fulfill their trade finance commitments.

The RPA facility is aligned with the AfDB’s High 5 priority goals which are: light up and power Africa, feed Africa, industrialize Africa, integrate Africa, and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa.

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DLM Capital Group Unveils Child Education Plan

DLM Asset Management, a DLM Capital Group subsidiary, has launched its Child Education Plan.

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DLM Asset Management, a DLM Capital Group subsidiary, has launched its Child Education Plan. This aligns with the firm’s commitment to providing opportunities for parents/guardians to secure the education of their children or wards through effective planning and sustainable investments.

The DLM Child Education Plan aims to provide parents and guardians with an easy and appropriate way to handle the burdens of tuition payment through efficient planning and long-term investments.

In other words, it is a suitable and flexible investment plan that enables parents/guardians to plan and fund their children’s education from kindergarten to tertiary levels.

The DLM Child Education Plan allows you plan and invest in your children’s education on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

The company explained that the Child Education Plan also allows investors to tailor their plans according to their specific needs or situations.

The DLM Child Education Plan is divided into three (3) plans: the Silver plan, which requires a minimum of N20,000 per time, the Gold plan, which requires a minimum of N100,000 per time, and the Platinum plan, which requires a minimum of N250,000 per time.

Furthermore, the DLM Child Education Plan provides the option of working with an advisor who will provide relevant and useful information while guiding the client through the entire planning process.

Speaking about the new product, George Aniegbunem, Head DLM Asset Management, stated, “Despite the recent economic meltdown, most parents and guardians will agree that the importance of education cannot be overstated.”

As a result, the DLM Child Education Plan was implemented to provide a sustainable and dependable plan for funding a child’s education at all levels of education (mostly primary, secondary, and tertiary levels).

Indeed, the current economic situation and high inflation rate have put tremendous strain on many families; thus, we are here to help with strategies that would provide a suitable plan, financial literacy, and the ease of funding children’s education in a seamless manner’’.

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FBN Holdings Announces Appointment of Executive Directors

FBN Holdings, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in Africa has announced the appointments of two executive directors based on the board approval.

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FBN Holdings, one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in Africa has announced the appointments of two executive directors based on the board approval.

The board approved the appointment of Mr. Samson Oyewale Ariyibi as an Executive director, Investment Management and Oversight of FBN Holdings Plc while Mr. Patrick Iyamabo was appointed as an Executive Director, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the flagship subsidiary, First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

About Mr. Samson Oyewale Ariyibi

Mr. Samson Oyewale Ariyibi is an award winning professor with about 32 years work experience, spanning bank and allied financial services, business assurance, tax management and consulting, having served in senior management roles at various global organizations and proudly Nigerian companies including, Ernst and Young(EY), Pricewaterhousecoopers, Standard Chartered Bank and Transnational Corporation of Nigeria (TRANSCORP) where he was the chief financial officer prior to joining FBN Holdings.

Oyewale Joined FBN holdings September 2013, as the pioneer Head of Finance. He was promoted to General Manager and appointed as the Chief Financial Officer in 2016. He holds a Bachelor’s degree second class honors upper division in Microbiology from the University of Ilorin and a master’s of business administration (MBA) marketing from the University of Lagos. He is a fellow of the institute of chartered accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (ACIT) the Chartered Pension Institute of Nigeria (CPIN) and the Institute of Directors (IOD) of Nigeria. He is an alumnus of the advance management Programme of the Kellogg school of Management at Northwestern University and has attended several local and international workshops, conferences and executive training programs.

Adewale L.O Arogundade, Acting Company Secretary, disclosed in a statement obtained by Investors King.

Patrick Iyamabo Profile

Patrick Iyamabo is the Chief Financial officer of First Bank of Nigeria limited and it’s subsidiaries. Prior to joining First Bank in 2016, he was a senior Vice President of strategy and M&A at First City Monument Bank(FCMB) Limited, and then the Group Chief of Financial Officer of FCMB Holdings Plc. Patrick has over 27 years professional experience in assurance and risk management, business development, accounting and finance with Nigerian and multinational institutions both within and outside the country.

Earlier in his career, he also worked with Pfizer in Lagos and New York.

Patrick also worked at Arthur and Andersen (AA) as auditor and strategy consultant, where he was also a co founding member of the information risk Management practice of AA. At various times, Patrick worked Booz Allen Hamilton in New York and LEK Consulting in Boston, providing Strategic management and specialized corporate finance services to private and listed companies.

Patrick holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and MBA From the prestigious Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA.

He is a member of various professional bodies including Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA), Associate, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (ACITN); Honorary Senior Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (HSM) and Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA).

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Access Holdings Appoints Olanrewaju Bamisebi as Executive Director Information Technology and Digitalization

Access Holdings Plc has appointed Mr. Olanrewaju Bamisebi as Executive Director, Information Technology and Digitalization following the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

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Access Holdings Plc has appointed Mr. Olanrewaju Bamisebi as Executive Director, Information Technology and Digitalization following the approval of the Central Bank of Nigeria.

Mr. Bamisebi is a seasoned professional with over 2 decades of experience spanning across information technology, consultancy, project management, talent management and development, application development as well as strategy and automation.

He has a robust Pan-African experience having managed information technology across 22 African countries in consulting, telecom, oil and gas, banking and fintech sectors.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bamisebi was Managing Director of FinServe Africa (Fintech arm of Kenya-based Equity Bank) and the Group Director for IT & Operations for Equity Group Holding Limited (EGHL), Kenya. Before joining EGHL in April 2019, he was the Group Chief Information Officer at the defunct Diamond Bank Plc where he resigned as a Deputy General Manager.

Mr. Bamisebi holds a Higher National Diploma in Computer Science from The Polytechnic Ibadan and two bachelor’s degrees, one in Accounting from Olabisi Onabanjo University and the other in Computing & Information Technology from the University of Derby, UK. He also obtained a master’s degree in Business Administration from Durham Business School, UK and is currently undertaking a doctorate degree in Global Strategy.

Commenting on this appointment, Mr. Osunkoya, the Chairman of the Corporation said; “Mr. Bamisebi has been selected based on his exceptionally rich, professional, academic and corporate board experience which is relevant to the needs of the Board.

“We are strongly convinced that he would be a strong contributor to the attainment of the Corporation’s strategic vision of building a globally connected community and ecosystem, inspired by Africa for the world”

The appointment notice was updated on Nigerian Exchange Group and signed by Mr. Sunday Ekwochi the company’s secretary.

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