Sterling in partnership with Afreximbank unveil supply chain financing platform

By Clement Alphonsus

Sterling Bank, a member of Sterling Financial Holdings Company PLC, in partnership with the Africa Export-Import Bank (AFREXIMBANK) and Woodhall Capital, has disclosed the launch of AFREXIMBANK Tradelink, a new and innovative digital solution for supply chain financing.

The innovation was launched under the aegis of the Africa Trade Gateway (ATG) to allow banks across the continent have access to the tools to gather market information, connect buyers and sellers across the continent and facilitate payments in local currencies across African countries. The launch made Sterling Bank the pioneer bank for Nigeria.

As stated under the partnership arrangement, dollar and euro financing will be provided by AFREXIMBANK and naira financing is provided by Sterling Bank. Suppliers to Nigerian corporates can thus benefit from financing in both local and foreign currency, as per their requirements.

According to the Managing Director of Sterling Bank, Abubakar Suleiman, “Sterling Bank is committed to meeting the trade finance needs of Nigerian corporates and their suppliers and we are proud to introduce this much-needed product in partnership with AFREXIMBANK for the benefit of Nigerian businesses.”

Suleiman was represented by Group Chief Risk Officer for Sterling Financial Holdings Company, Olufunmilayo Lewis, at the gathering of industry stakeholders.

Suleiman explained that, “The impact of our initiative extends far beyond individual businesses. At its core, our Supply Chain Finance Product acts as a catalyst for economic growth and stability, not only in Nigeria but across the continent. By fortifying the financial health of suppliers, we stimulate economic activity, foster job creation, and drive sustainable development.

“This collaboration underscores the power of partnerships in driving positive change. By leveraging the strengths of both AFREXIMBANK and Sterling Bank, we amplify our collective impact and pave the way for a more resilient and inclusive economy.”

Director and Global Head of Trade Finance, AFREXIMBANK, Gwen Mwaba, also stated that, “The launch in Nigeria is a first step in AFREXIMBANK’s plans to introduce payables finance across Africa in partnership with leading African financial institutions. The product, which will deploy world-class technology and a collaborative delivery model, aligns with the Bank’s vision of Transforming Africa’s Trade, and will contribute towards the achievement of the Bank’s strategic objective of reducing the trade-finance gap in Africa, especially for the SME segment.”