Afreximbank President Oramah holds audience with President Bola Tinubu of Nigeria to discuss African healthcare in light of collaboration on pioneering AMCE project

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Abuja, 23 February 2024: – Afreximbank’s President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Professor Benedict Oramah, was invited to an audience at Abuja’s State House with Nigeria’s President, His Excellency Bola Tinubu. The meeting centered on the Bank’s initiatives and financing support to the country and specifically focused on the progress and potential impact on the 500 bed African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE) Abuja, as well as its broader implications for healthcare across Africa.

All parties affirmed the importance of the AMCE Abuja project as a flagship development with potentially transformative implications for African healthcare, both significantly reducing the need for outbound, extra-African medical tourism by providing world-class medical services on the continent and, by extension, stemming the tide of healthcare talent migration from Africa.

The Abuja facility will focus on three core non-communicable diseases (Oncology, Haematology and Cardiology) and general care capabilities, and partly reflects co-operation with global partners including KCH, the University of Wisconsin Teaching Hospital, USA, and the Christies Hospital, Manchester, are serving to demonstrate the direction in which African healthcare provision should go in order to better serve the continent.

The AMCE Abuja, which is nearing completion, is the first of five such centres planned across Africa. The facility will constitute a leading centre for research and development in medicine and clinical services, as well as offering residency, training and observership placement programmes to physicians and medical students from Nigeria and other parts of Africa. To complement the AMCE Abuja and develop human resources in healthcare, Afreximbank has entered an arrangement with KCL to establish a Medical & Nursing School in Abuja to support the production of quality medical personnel in Africa. The platform will also be used to collaborate with other colleges of medicine in Nigeria and across Africa.   

President Oramah’s wide-ranging discussion with His Excellency President Tinubu also touched upon the landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Afreximbank and the Federal Ministry of Health to support the development of Nigeria’s healthcare sector under the Presidential Initiative for Unlocking Healthcare Value Chains (PVAC) through a US$1 billion Healthcare Value Chain Programme.

President of Nigeria, His Excellency Bola Tinubu, commented;

“We welcome this significant step towards investing in Nigeria’s healthcare sector. This facility is a great commitment to humanity. We are open and ready to assist this project in every way possible. Africa is in need, and Nigeria is committed to the need of its people. Putting people’s welfare first is putting healthcare first. The training and development of our people are our priorities, and we thank Afreximbank and their partners for their ongoing support”

Afreximbank President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Prof. Benedict Oramah, commented;

“I am grateful to President Tinubu for his time, and for an animated and fascinating discussion on among our continent’s central challenges: the provision and delivery of quality, effective healthcare. For too long, our continent has watched as its best and brightest medical minds have migrated to Europe and America – but we are now poised to develop a domestic healthcare sector which can retain talent, eventually rivalling and even surpassing systems in other regions.”


About Afreximbank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. For 30 years, the Bank has been deploying innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. A stalwart supporter of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Afreximbank has launched a Pan-African Payment and Settlement System (PAPSS) that was adopted by the African Union (AU) as the payment and settlement platform to underpin the implementation of the AfCFTA. Working with the AfCFTA Secretariat and the AU, the Bank is setting up a US$10 billion Adjustment Fund to support countries to effectively participate in the AfCFTA. At the end of September 2023, Afreximbank’s total assets and guarantees stood at over US$33.4 billion, and its shareholder funds amounted to US$5.8 billion. The Bank disbursed more than US$104 billion between 2016 and 2023. Afreximbank has investment grade ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A), Moody’s (Baa1), Japan Credit Rating Agency (JCR) (A-) and Fitch (BBB). Afreximbank has evolved into a group entity comprising the Bank, its impact fund subsidiary called the Fund for Export Development Africa (FEDA), and its insurance management subsidiary, AfrexInsure, (together, “the Group”). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.