5th West Africa Trade, Commodity Finance Confab Opens




ANDANIThe fifth Annual West Africa Trade & Commodity Finance Conference towards bringing together persons and corporate entities  engaged in trade and commodity finance to learn new trends in sustaining their businesses, opens in Accra today.

The conference being sponsored by Stanbic Bank Ghana will end on Thursday October 24, at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel.

It is expected to be attended by traders, corporate organisations, investors, insurers, lawyers, and policymakers to project Africa as a viable trade hub mainly in mining, oil and gas.

Speaking at a pre-conference briefing, Managing Director of Stanbic Bank, Mr. Alhassan Andani said the bank was delighted to bring the Trade and Commodity Finance Conference to Ghana for the second time to discuss key issues surrounding global trade and commodity finance.

“West Africa is one of the most vibrant markets in global trade, this conference will also expose traders in the sub-region to investors and policymakers in a bid to boost intra-regional trade,” he said.
Various speakers will explore opportunities within the commodity markets, infrastructural development, commodity trade flows, foreign direct investment, among others.

This year’s confab will see experts and professionals in various relevant fields in the persons of Anne-Marie Woolley, Director and  Head of Trade Finance, Africa, Standard Bank, Hon. Seth Terkper, Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of Ghana, and Joe Mensah, Chief Executive Officer, Ghana International Bank make presentations and lead panel discussions on various issues bordering on Africa’s business and economic growth.

At the end of the conference, it is expected that new ways of managing issues on the impact of monetary and fiscal policy and trade barriers will be identified to make a strong case for Africa’s viability as a hub for trade in the world.

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