Tag Archive: Africa

Crown Agents Bank’s trade finance appointments covered in the specialist press

Crown Agents Bank has added two new Vice Presidents to its trade finance department. Kenton Hartwell brings 25 years of trade finance experience to Crown Agents Bank, and will focus on originating trade finance from exporters/beneficiaries and from the secondary market. He most recently held senior positions in the structured trade & commodity finance department …

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What’s happened to FDI in Sub-Saharan Africa? Commerzbank’s Christian Toben explains in Banker Africa magazine

In an op-ed for Banker Africa magazine, Christian Toben, regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, sets out the challenges facing foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to the continent, and looks for ways to bring them back up to scratch. FDI has been vital to the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa’s economies. Inflows were promising over the last …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben sees demographic dividends on the Sub-Saharan African horizon in Jeune Afrique

The UN hopes for “full and productive employment by 2030”. Writing for leading African political and economic magazine Jeune Afrique, Christian Toben, Regional Head of Africa at Commerzbank, notes that any chance of hitting this ambitious target will depend on the continent – home to about half of the additional global workforce expected over the …

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Crown Agents Bank’s Richard Jones and Doug MacLennan talk compliance and commitment in Global Risk Regulator

Legislation designed to clamp down on financial crime is growing worldwide, but compliance with stricter regulation is expensive. In an interview with Global Risk Regulator – the Financial Times publication specialising in financial regulation – Richard Jones, CEO of Crown Agents Bank, and Doug MacLennan, Crown Agents Bank’s director and chief risk officer, offer their …

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Commerzbank’s Christian Toben tests the economic waters in African Business magazine

In a feature for African Business magazine, the regional head of Africa at Commerzbank, Christian Toben, offers his perspective on the challenges facing Sub-Saharan African economies. After a “decade of considerable economic progress” countries across the region have been hit hard by weak commodity prices. Revenues from a host of key resources – from oil, coal and gas to …

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Specialist press cover Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and Ship Owners Association of Nigeria’s joint Maritime event

The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) and the Ship Owners Association of Nigeria’s (SOAN) joint event “The Future of the Maritime Industry in Nigeria” at Marlborough House on 28th September was featured in All About Shipping, Hellenic Shipping News, Oil, Gas and Shipping Magazine, Marine Link, This Day and Marine Network. Investors, business leaders …

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Commerzbank’s new report on Sub-Saharan Africa makes its mark on the specialist press

Commerzbank has released a major new study on trade and economic prospects in Sub-Saharan Africa. The report, ‘Tackling the Headwinds after the Economic Turnaround’, shows that after a promising decade – marked by strong economic growth of around 5% per year, underpinned by booming trade in raw materials and inflows of foreign capital to infrastructure projects – …

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ICC’s Daniel Schmand discusses under-representation in Africa in Moneyweb podcast

In a podcast for South African publication Moneyweb, Daniel Schmand, Chair of the ICC Banking Commission, speaks about ICC’s efforts to tackle problems around trade and supply-chain finance on the continent – an issue hindering foreign direct investment, prosperity and job creation. The podcast focuses on the ICC’s annual meeting, held in Johannesburg, which focused …

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Deutsche Bank appoints Willem Calame as new Head of Commodity Trade Finance, EMEA

Deutsche Bank recently appointed Willem Calame as Head of Commodity Trade Finance, EMEA (ex-Germany). Calame has enjoyed 14 years at Deutsche Bank in commodity finance, with broad experience in the Structured Commodity Trade Finance team in EMEA – where he specialised in Africa and worked under John MacNamara. In his new role – reporting to …

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Natixis’ Pascal Soldaini set for CEEMEA move

Pascal Soldaini has been appointed Head of Middle East, Turkey, Africa and CIS for Global Infrastructure & Projects (GIP) and will be in charge of developing the activity of GIP across the region. Pascal Soldaini was, since late 2011, Managing Director – Head of Latin America for GIP in New York. As Head of Middle …

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