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The China Development Bank (CDB) has signed a development-focused agreement to provide the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) with a US$400mn term loan facility to support the financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Africa 

African SMEUnder the seven-year tenor agreement, funds will aid eligible African SMEs directly or via local intermediaries as per Afreximbank's criteria. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

The agreement, signed by Tan Jiong, president of CDB, and professor Benedict Oramah, president and chairman of the board of directors of Afreximbank, at the Afreximbank headquarters in Cairo, provides for Afreximbank to deploy the facility to support African SMEs involved in extra- and intra-African trade and those engaged in the productive sectors in Afreximbank Member States. According to the agreement, the facility, which has a seven-year tenor, will be deployed either directly to eligible African SMEs that meet Afreximbank’s requirements or indirectly through local financial intermediaries.

Professor Oramah pointed out that African SMEs continue to struggle to access adequate and affordable financing for growing their businesses and said that the CDB facility would help increase the level of financing available to them.

“This facility further strengthens the strategic partnership we have developed with the China Development Bank over the last six years, which has seen CDB make three previous interventions in support of our work at Afreximbank,” continued president Oramah. “It will also enable our two institutions achieve our respective mandates and developmental outcomes, which include job creation, increased economic activity and increased extra-African trade with China.”