UBA’s $6bn partnership with AfCTA to boost Africa’s trade

Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has restated its commitment towards deepening intra-Africa trade to attain self-reliance and economic development.


According to the bank, it is important for Africa to be deliberate about the economic liberation drive of the continent.

UBA’s Deputy Managing Director, Muyiwa Akinyemi, said this during the Africa Day celebration at the ongoing 37th Lagos International Trade Fair, which was held at the Tafawa Balewa Square. UBA is the headline sponsor of the Trade fair.

Akinyemi explained that the bank’s dedication to SME’s and trade advancement across Africa is what informed its recent agreement with the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Secretariat, to provide financing for up to US$6bn over the next three years to eligible businesses across the continent.

He said, “We signed the agreement with AfCFTA on the sidelines of the 30th Afreximbank Annual Meeting (AAM) which was held in Accra, Ghana. By this agreement, both parties are to promote the development of SMEs operating in Four sectors under the 1st phase of the partnership which are largely import dependent by providing technical and financing solutions for intra-African/domestic alternatives. These economic sectors are Agro-processing, Automotive, pharmaceuticals, Transport and Logistics”.

Also speaking during the event, President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce, Asiwaju (Dr) Michael Olawale- Cole, appreciated the bank’s consistent participation as partner and headline sponsor of the LITF for the past six years.

“Partnering with UBA is significant because it is an organization that has its footprint in 20 countries and that is a big feat, as partners we think alike and work together,” he said.