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Standard Chartered Commits USD 200m Facility With Afreximbank for African Union COVID-19 Vaccination Acquisition Programme

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African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Standard Chartered today announced an agreement for Standard Chartered to provide USD 200m of not-for-profit funding towards Afreximbank’s structured framework to help finance the acquisition of COVID-19 vaccines for African nations.

The collaboration between Standard Chartered and Afreximbank will help ensure that 55 countries across Africa have access to COVID-19 vaccines. This facility will play a part in ensuring that Africa can achieve its COVID-19 strategy, which targets vaccinating a minimum of 60 per cent of Africa’s population.

This facility is part of the Advance Procurement Commitment (APC) framework structured by Afreximbank in collaboration with the African Vaccines Acquisition Task Team (AVATT), under which Afreximbank provided a guarantee of USD 2bn to vaccine manufacturers to secure access to COVID-19 vaccines for African countries.

Over the last year, Afreximbank has also launched a number of facilities to support its Member Countries. These include the Pandemic Trade Impact Mitigation facility (PATIMFA), under which the Bank has disbursed over USD 6.5bn to mitigate and manage the financial, economic and health impacts of the pandemic. In addition, Afreximbank put in place a USD 1.5bn Collaborative Covid-19 Pandemic Response Facility (COPREFA), working with partners to support African economies during the pandemic.

The funding is part of the Standard Chartered’s USD 1bn financing commitment that was launched in March 2020 (https://www.sc.com/en/media/press-release/were-committing-usd1-billion-to-finance-companies-helping-to-tackle-covid-19/), which aims to tackle the pandemic by financing vital equipment such as personal protective equipment, ventilators and now vaccines. To date, USD 900m of this have been allocated and over USD 700m disbursed to clients.

Prof. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, said: “We are delighted that Standard Chartered has committed USD 200m to support the ongoing work of Afreximbank and AVATT in helping African countries secure access to COVID-19 vaccines. Having an effective financing solution for vaccine procurement in place for Africa is of paramount importance to ensure we are not left further behind in the ongoing race. This agreement demonstrates the unwavering commitment of Afreximbank and Standard Chartered to helping Africa overcome the challenges of the pandemic.”

Simon Cooper, Chief Executive, Corporate, Commercial, and Institutional Banking at Standard Chartered, said: “The speed of vaccine rollout is not only a healthcare issue but is increasingly a differentiator of near-term, post pandemic economic recovery for African nations. We are acutely aware that Africa accounts for under 2 per cent of vaccines administered worldwide; we welcome Afreximbank’s efforts to tackle this and we want to use our USD 1bn facility to help.”

Using financing provided by Standard Chartered, Afreximbank is helping to ensure Africa’s access to COVID-19 vaccines by ensuring payment to identified vaccine manufacturers that have vaccine orders placed by African nations through the African Medical Supplies Platform (https://amsp.africa/about-us/)

About Afreximbank

African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is a Pan-African multilateral financial institution mandated to finance and promote intra-and extra-African trade. Afreximbank deploys innovative structures to deliver financing solutions that support the transformation of the structure of Africa’s trade, accelerating industrialization and intra-regional trade, thereby boosting economic expansion in Africa. The Bank has a rich history of intervening in support of African countries in times of crisis. The Bank has ratings assigned by GCR (international scale) (A-), Moody’s (Baa1) and Fitch (BBB-). The Bank is headquartered in Cairo, Egypt.

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LAWMA Showers Encomium on Dangote Sinotruk

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Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), heaped praises on world Dangote Sinotruk, a company owned by Dangote Industries Limited and Sinotruk of China.

 

In an exclusive interview with NEWSRAND during a visit to the company’s plant factory at the Ikeja area of Lagos, Engineer Ajayi Abimbola, Assistant General Manager, (AGM) Engineering Services, LAWMA, said the automobile company is customer-friendly, adding that the trucks and other products from the company are world-class.

 

In the course of the conversation, Abimbola disclosed that the agency has procured waste management trucks, numbering 102, from the company.

 

“For over a year now, we’ve been working with Dangote Sinotruk to achieve a cleaner Lagos. So far, we were able to patronise 102 trucks to ensure that Lagos environments are clean and wastes are properly managed. The trucks are ready, and we hope to commission them any moment from now,” he stated.

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While assuring that the partnership between LAWMA and Dangote Sinotruk will continue, Abimbola explained that the newly-purchased trucks from the company will “ensure that we have a cleaner environment, the health hazard will be totally eliminated.”

 

According to him, amongst the new-purchased trucks are -24cbl and 12cbl, adding that the waste management operations in Lagos will experience a new revamp.

 

“Unlike before, it takes 2-3 days to lift waste, what we are looking forward to doing with the new trucks is a turnaround evacuation of market wastes. The marine waste too, will be taken care of, because the truck is will guarantee us that capacity we need to do it,” he added.

 

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Falekulo Promises New Era For Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation

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The newly appointed Managing Director of Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation, Mr Olugbenga Falekulo, has declared the readiness of his team to take the company to the next level in the market.

Falekulo, in a statement issued on Wednesday said that he would adopt a new dimension to push the Reinsurance firm into a new era.

He explained that the reorganisation of the board and executive management of the reinsurance company was to ensure that the firm continued in its quest for transparent and accountable management of insurance in the country.

The managing director said he would bring to fore his wealth of experience and professionalism gathered in the insurance sector for over 25 years to transform the firm.

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Recall that the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) had on Monday approved a new board and management for NICON Insurance Limited and Nigeria Reinsurance Corporation (Nigeria Re).

The commission said the changes in the board and management of the two insurance firms was sequel to the takeover of the major investor’s interests in the two organisations by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), and the Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) .

“BPE is working in partnership with AMCON to bring the much-needed stability in the operation of the organisations , enhance smooth running, efficient and effective management of the two firms”.

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Oando Share Price Jumps by 10% Following Oando’s Settlement with Regulator

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Oando Share Price Jumps by 10% Following Oando’s Settlement with Regulator

Months after a plethora of court cases with counter judgments the investment community was greeted on the evening of Monday July 19, with the news of an amicable settlement to the long-standing dispute between the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) and the management of Oando PLC.

 

Unsurprisingly, Oando has since joined the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) top gainers with a 9.87% increase in its share price from N3.97 on Friday, July 23, 2021, to N4.36 on Monday, July 26, 2021. The share price appreciation can be attributed to the recent settlement which saw Adewale Tinubu and his Deputy, Omamofe Boyo remain at the helm of affairs in the organization. Following the settlement news, investors poured into the stock helping it top the gainer’s chart.

 

Speaking on the jump in share price, an Oando shareholder in Lagos said, “We are glad that the dispute is finally over, and we thank the regulator and the management of Oando PLC for resolving the issue in the best interests of the shareholders. For four years, we the shareholders have been the ones on the receiving end. In just one week of settling, our share price has seen a significant increase. I am confident in the management of the company led by Wale Tinubu, other CEOs in his shoes might have caved in but he did not. He held strong to his belief and forged on till the end of the issue. I am hopeful that now that they are able to be fully focused on the business, we the shareholders will soon start to see a return on our investment.”

READ ALSO: Oando Foundation to Promote Environmental Education and Sustainable Action In Schools

A statement by the regulator reads that Oando neither denied nor accepted liability and the settlement will lead to the withdrawal of all pending court cases. Recall that Wale Tinubu and some of the company’s affected Directors had sued the regulator for infringement of their fundamental human rights in 2019. However, with the settlement, Wale Tinubu and all affected Directors will be required to withdraw said court cases while remaining in their respective executive leadership roles managing the company.

 

In addition, there will also be “payment of a monetary sum; and an undertaking by the company to implement corporate governance improvements.”

 

Speaking on the settlement, another shareholder said: “The regulator has done what it ought to have done months ago. I commend them for making this landmark settlement. This is not a time to erode homegrown businesses but to nurture them so they can continue to create value for the capital market and country at large seeing as we are currently in a recession. I especially commend the resilience and perseverance of Wale Tinubu for seeing this dispute through to resolution.”

 

Market players will be watching the impact of the signaling effect of the SEC settlement on Oando’s share price in subsequent days.

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