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Saana Institute is proud to announce its collaboration with the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) during the AfDB Annual Meetings 2016. Join us on Thursday 26th May 2016 for the AfDB Annual Meetings Official Side-Event Trade Finance – Fostering Regional Integration and South-South Cooperation’. The event will take place from 10.00am to 11:15am at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Lusaka, Zambia.

The event will bring together stakeholders in the trade finance market to discuss the opportunities and challenges in financing inter-African and South-South trade and to consider possible avenues of collaboration between financial institutions in these regions. The event will examine the potential for deepening the trade finance market, what are the main current gaps in the market and what recommendations can be shared for the future?

A Keynote Speech for the event will be presented by Hon. Margaret Mwanakatwe, Zambia Minister of Commerce, Trade & Industry (former CEO of Barclays Bank Ghana). The event will be moderated by Mr. Tom Pengelly, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Saana Consulting and the Saana Institute. The panellists represent prestigious stakeholders including:

  • Mr. Denys Denya, Executive Vice President, Finance, Administration and Banking Services at Afreximbank
  • Mr. Aurelien Mali, Senior Analytical Advisor, Moody, Africa Sovereign Risk Group
  • Mr. Admassu Tadesse, President, Preferential Trade Area Bank (PTA Bank), Kenya
  • Ms. Nisrin Hala, Head of Africa Desk, Global Trade Finance, Sumito Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBCE)
  • Mr. Steven Beck, Head of Trade Finance, Asian Development Bank

The panel will follow a Davos-style format with each panellist making initial remarks followed by discussion in the panel and with the audience.


African Development Bank’s Annual Meetings, its largest annual event, and its biggest window on the world, brings together some 5,000 delegates and participants, and feature some 40 official events in addition to the Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors, which constitutes the core purpose of the Meetings. The theme of this year’s meetings is “Energy and Climate Change”, and draws on one of the Bank’s “High 5” priority areas, namely to “Light up and Power Africa”. It also reflects the Bank’s New Deal on Energy and the key resolutions from the recent UN climate talks (COP21) on global warming.

Click here for more details on the Annual Meetings and how to register.

The Trade Finance side event is open for all participants registered for the AfDB Annual Meetings. Please note that the first 200 guests will be seated.

For further information, please contact Ms Nora Stenius from the Saana Institute in London via email