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CARICOM Development Fund Inks MoU With Afreximbank

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The CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) and the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to provide a framework for cooperation between the two organisations and assist with delivering services to the CARICOM Member States.

The CDF is the regional entity tasked with reducing the disparities among and within CARICOM Member States that are caused or exacerbated by economic shocks or dislocation that might result from implementing the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME).

Through the MoU, the CDF and Afreximbank have pledged to collaborate and explore the best possible funding options from debt and equity capital markets to support the development of critical infrastructure projects in the CARICOM region.

The MoU is a clear indication of the collective effort of both organisations to increase financing opportunities for CARICOM Member States and strengthen south-south cooperation between the African continent and the Caribbean region.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the CDF, Mr. Rodinald R. Soomer, and the Executive Vice President of the Intra-African Trade Bank of Afreximbank, Mrs. Kanayo Awani, signed the MoU on August 4, 2023, during a ceremony at the Hilton Barbados Resort to mark the official opening of Afreximbank’s Caribbean office in Barbados.

Reflecting on the MoU, CEO Soomer said the Barbados-based CDF is keen to work with Afreximbank to facilitate the creation of new and exciting trade and investment opportunities for the private sector in the CARICOM region. He also urged regional small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of the generous capacity-building assistance offered by the bank, which can help them to scale up and expand their businesses.

‘As a recently established shareholder of Afreximbank, the CDF stands in partnership with the bank to assist with its newly minted regional operations. Specifically, we aim to do so by collaborating on transactions and projects that are aligned with the strategic objectives of the Africa-Caribbean Trade Initiative and by supporting client awareness of the services that will be offered to the Caribbean private sector to enable them to do business with Africa. This partnership and commitment of the CDF’s support are affirmed through the signing of the MoU between CDF and Afreximbank’, stated CEO Soomer.

In December 2022, the Board of Directors of Afreximbank approved funding worth 1.5 billion USD to aid CARICOM Member States in accessing the bank’s financing instruments. This funding will support SMEs and various economic sectors, such as renewable energy, tourism, and agriculture.

The CDF-Afreximbank MoU, which will be in effect for a period of three years in the first instance, is another crucial step towards further deepening the relationship between the Caribbean and Africa.

SOURCE: CARICOM Today

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  1. Africa can barely support development in its own region and country, you all linking funding Most of Africa still think 24 hour electricity, internet and running water inside the home is a luxury! Africa is not the Caribbean for sure. And you stupid leaders who have done nothing for African or Caribbean youths due to corruption, stealing loan money, ego and nepotism better don’t get on our nerves! Cooperation with Africa is a front for migration which we do not want due to cultural differences and the fact that our small societies can’t cope with an influx of nobody. We should not be linking funds. We should be putting Africans on notice that they need to join Britain and America, Spain and Portugal in paying Caribbean and black Latinos reparations. The bill is several billions. Not just 1 measly billion. But several for each Latin American and Caribbean country except for Argentina who went whitewashing it’s population centuries ago. But we need money for our DNA suffering from the slave trade from Africans and Europeans.

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