There are 54 international locations in Africa. Greater than 20 produce oil, and 5 of those international locations are a part of the world’s 30 oil-producing international locations. Nonetheless, solely two international locations in Africa don’t import oil.
In 2019 Africa accounted for greater than 7.9 million barrels per day, which is about 9.6 per cent of worldwide output. Between 2005 and 2010, nevertheless, oil manufacturing in Africa rose to almost 10 million barrels per day.
Talking as we speak Sunday June 18, 2023 on the opening of the 30th Anniversary of the Afreximbank Annual Conferences in Accra, Ghana, the businessman, Aliko Dangote, identified that though there are oil producing international locations on the continent, solely two international locations, Algeria and Libya, don’t import oil.
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Dangote who was talking concerning the significance of free motion and intra-Africa commerce, mentioned: “We’re importing poverty and exporting jobs.” He mentioned that in relation to the truth that African international locations proceed to export uncooked supplies.
He additionally expressed concern concerning the problem in travelling across the continent. He mentioned he has the African passport, and will have the ability to journey round, however there are two international locations that for some causes don’t recognise the African passport.
Based on Dangote, Nigeria produces about six million tons of urea and subsequently, Africa shouldn’t be searching for to import fertilizer from exterior the continent.
Dangote shared his expertise on how his firm began producing cement for native consumption and export, in addition to opening factories in different international locations, and urged the institution of native home banks that might spend money on companies on the continent.
In his welcome tackle, the Governor of the Financial institution of Ghana, Dr Ernest Addison gave tribute to Afreximbank.
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He mentioned since its institution three many years in the past, Afreximbank has transitioned right into a first-class supranational monetary establishment, championing African commerce and driving development throughout a number of sectors in Africa.
“Proof of the financial institution’s interventions are quite a few and contains infrastructural investments to assist intra-African commerce, investments in agriculture and business, commerce facilitation, commerce assure and advisory companies, and nation particular programmes to assist these in dire financial conditions, amongst others,” he mentioned.
He indicated that Afreximbank has additionally launched platforms designed to enhance and facilitate commerce in Africa, together with the MANSA repository platform, the Pan African Funds and Settlements Techniques (PAPSS), and the Intra-African Commerce Honest (IATF).
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Dr Addison acknowledged additional that the institution of Afreximbank’s Commerce Impression Mitigation Facility platform, the place the Financial institution intervened through the COVID-19 pandemic, and disbursed over $8 billion to central banks and business banks to avert looming commerce debt fee defaults. A part of this funding additionally went into the procurement of check kits, PPEs and different COVID-19 containment supplies in Member States.
“The Financial institution additionally disbursed over $5 billion to Member States and companies in direction of the procurement of meals, fertilizer and grains because the Russian-Ukraine disaster unfolded. Working with UNECA, the AU, and the AfCFTA Secretariat, Afreximbank created a pooled procurement platform termed because the Africa Commerce Alternate (ATEX) to assist African international locations procure grains, edible oils and fertilizers at decreased prices.
“Previous to the implementation of AfCFTA in 2021, Afreximbank disbursed over $20 billion in assist of intra-African commerce and investments and projected to double this to $40 billion by end-December 2026,” he mentioned.
The Afreximbank thirtieth Anniversary Annual Conferences is below the theme: Delivering the Imaginative and prescient, Constructing Prosperity for Africans.
By Emmanuel Okay Dogbevi
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