Gabon welcomes the opportunity to work with the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) in supporting trade and economic development in the country, Julien Nkoghe Bekale, the Prime Minister, has said.
Mr. Bekale was speaking in Sochi, Russian Federation, on Thursday when he received Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, who led a delegation from the Bank to a visit him on the sidelines of the Russia-Africa Summit.
Thanking Afreximbank for the support it had been providing to the country, he said that it was important that the two sides continue to cooperate in order to drive economic development.
“Gabon is interested in business and will continue to work with Afreximbank,” he said.
Earlier, Prof. Oramah Gabon for accepting the invitation to participate in the Russia-Africa Summit, saying that that event had the potential to create an important market that would help to make the African Continental Free Trade Area work better.
He said that new interventions being put in place would help to facilitate trade between Russia and Africa
Prof. Oramah announced that Afreximbank currently had a financing limit of $1.2 billion available for Gabon, out of which $480 had been used. That usage was likely to increase by the end of the year
Afreximbank co-organised the Russia-Africa Economic Forum which was held in conjunction with the Russia Africa Summit. The Bank was also a key partner in the organisation of the Summit.
Joining Prof. Oramah from Afreximbank were Kanayo Awani, Managing Director, Intra-African Trade Initiative; Rene Awambeng, Director, Client Relations; Obi Emekekwue, Director, Communications and Events Management; and Ekene Uzor, Special Assistant to the President on Banking and Special Initiatives..