Prospects for economic development in Africa, the blue economy concept and intra-African trade are among the main topics of discussions as political and business leaders from the continent and international economic experts meet in Seychelles this week. The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is holding its 23rd annual general meeting in the island nation since Monday.
The President and Chairman of the bank’s board of directors Dr Benedict Okey Oramah says issues being discussed include the financial performance of the bank and economic development in Africa. Oramah adds that the AGM will also be exploring the prospects for more economic development as well as the types of intervention Afreximbank will be making to support member countries.
He spoke to journalists at State House on Tuesday after meeting the Seychelles President James Michel, during which the financing of past and future projects were highlighted. Afreximbank has already supported the extension of the island nation’s airport, the reclamation of the Eden Island development project and an ongoing tourism development project on Felicite island.
“There are discussions to put in place today finances for SMEs and we are also putting in place programmes to support the blue economy agenda of the government of Seychelles,” says Oramah, referring to small to medium enterprises.
The blue economy concept is in fact one of two major issues which Afreximbank delegates will be tackling during a series of seminars organised on the sidelines of their annual general meeting in the 115-island archipelago in the western Indian Ocean.
A half-day investment forum run in parallel to a three-day exhibition spearheaded by the Seychelles Investment Board expected to see the participation of some 50 companies in Seychelles who will be showcasing their products and services to over 500 delegates coming from various countries.