There are 54 nations in Africa. Greater than 20 produce oil, and 5 of those nations are a part of the world’s 30 oil-producing nations. Nevertheless, solely two nations 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, nonetheless, 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 despite the fact that there are oil producing nations on the continent, solely two nations, 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, stated: “We’re importing poverty and exporting jobs.” He stated that in relation to the truth that African nations proceed to export uncooked supplies.
He additionally expressed concern concerning the problem in travelling across the continent. He stated he has the African passport, and may be capable to journey round, however there are two nations that for some causes don’t recognise the African passport.
In keeping with Dangote, Nigeria produces about six million tons of urea and subsequently, Africa shouldn’t be in search of 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 nations, and urged the institution of native home banks that might put money into 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 stated since its institution three a long time in the past, Afreximbank has transitioned right into a first-class supranational monetary establishment, championing African commerce and driving progress throughout a number of sectors in Africa.
“Proof of the financial institution’s interventions are quite a few and consists of infrastructural investments to help intra-African commerce, investments in agriculture and trade, commerce facilitation, commerce assure and advisory providers, and nation particular programmes to help these in dire financial conditions, amongst others,” he stated.
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 Truthful (IATF).
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Dr Addison acknowledged additional that the institution of Afreximbank’s Commerce Affect 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 cost defaults. A part of this funding additionally went into the procurement of take a look at 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 Trade (ATEX) to assist African nations procure grains, edible oils and fertilizers at lowered prices.
“Previous to the implementation of AfCFTA in 2021, Afreximbank disbursed over $20 billion in help of intra-African commerce and investments and projected to double this to $40 billion by end-December 2026,” he stated.
The Afreximbank thirtieth Anniversary Annual Conferences is beneath the theme: Delivering the Imaginative and prescient, Constructing Prosperity for Africans.
By Emmanuel Okay Dogbevi
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