The President of the African Export-import Bank, Prof. Benedict Oramah, on Tuesday in New York received the senior management of the African Renaissance Diaspora Network (ARDN), which paid him a courtesy call to brief him on the activities of the network.
Dr. Djibril Diallo, President of ARDN, who led the delegation, told Prof. Oramah that ARDN was using youth leadership, sports and a network of global mayors and leaders of colour to advocate for the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Dr. Diallo said that ARDN had signed a memorandum of understanding with FIFA for a “red card” programme to fight violence against women, climate change and gender inequality with the objective of creating a better world.
Responding, Prof. Oramah said that Afreximbank “puts Africa first because putting Africa first puts the world first”.
He said that African leaders had woken up to the issues confronting the continent and cited the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement as an example that saw a record number of countries signing and ratifying the treaty.
Prof. Oramah announced that Afreximbank was working on a Diaspora initiative which would tap into the African Diaspora in driving intra-African trade, including recognizing some of its members as Intra-African Trade Champions.
ARDN, headquartered in New York, is an international non-governmental organization affiliated to the United Nations.
Prof. Oramah is leading an Afreximbank delegation to the United Nations General Assembly which is taking place at the United Nations Headquarters.