DP World and Standard Bank Partner to Expand Trade Finance in Africa

May 30, 2023: In a significant move to promote trade and boost economic growth in Africa, DP World, a leading global port operator, and Standard Bank, Africa's largest lender, have announced a strategic partnership to expand trade finance across the continent. The collaboration aims to provide enhanced financial solutions and support to African businesses engaged in international trade.

The partnership brings together the expertise and resources of both companies to address the challenges faced by African traders in accessing affordable and efficient trade finance services. By leveraging DP World's extensive global network of ports and logistics infrastructure and Standard Bank's deep understanding of African markets, the collaboration aims to bridge the trade finance gap and facilitate greater participation of African businesses in global trade.

Trade finance plays a crucial role in facilitating international commerce by providing the necessary funding for imports, exports, and other cross-border transactions. However, many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Africa often struggle to access affordable financing options, limiting their ability to expand and engage in international trade. The partnership between DP World and Standard Bank seeks to address this issue by creating tailored trade finance solutions that cater to the specific needs of African businesses.

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Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, expressed his optimism about the partnership, stating, "Africa is a continent of tremendous potential, and by joining forces with Standard Bank, we aim to unlock greater opportunities for African businesses to thrive in the global marketplace. DP World's extensive network and logistics capabilities, combined with Standard Bank's deep understanding of African markets, will enable us to deliver innovative trade finance solutions that drive growth and foster economic development."

The collaboration between DP World and Standard Bank will focus on enhancing access to trade finance products such as letters of credit, guarantees, and supply chain financing. These solutions will enable African businesses to manage their working capital efficiently, reduce transaction costs, and mitigate risks associated with international trade.

Sim Tshabalala, Chief Executive of Standard Bank, emphasised the importance of empowering African businesses through trade finance, stating, "We believe that trade has the potential to transform economies and drive inclusive growth. Through this partnership, we aim to provide African businesses with the financial tools they need to expand their trade activities, create jobs, and contribute to the sustainable development of the continent."

The partnership also aligns with the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, which seeks to promote intra-African trade and economic integration. By facilitating trade finance, DP World and Standard Bank aim to support the goals of the AfCFTA and contribute to the realisation of a more connected and prosperous Africa.

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The collaboration between DP World and Standard Bank is expected to have a transformative impact on African trade by increasing access to finance and fostering economic development. As African businesses gain greater access to affordable trade finance solutions, they will be better positioned to explore new markets, expand their operations, and participate more actively in global trade, thereby driving sustainable economic growth across the continent.

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