BrandArena: Afreximbank’s Executive Vice President, Kanayo Awani, elected to FCI Executive Committee

Monday 13 November 2023

Afreximbank’s Executive Vice President, Kanayo Awani, elected to FCI Executive Committee

The Executive Vice President, in charge of Intra-African Trade Bank, Afreximbank, Kanayo Awani has been elected to the FCI Executive Committee (EXCOM), the global representative body for the factoring, invoice finance, and asset-based lending industry. Mrs. Awani was unanimously elected to represent FCI's Affiliate Members at the FCI's 55th Annual Meeting in Marrakech, Morocco on November 2, 2023.

Mrs. Awani was elected alongside Ms. Doaa Hafez, General Manager and Head of Technical Functions at Egypt Factors, marking the second time two African delegates have been elected to the FCI Executive Committee. Their election enhances Africa's position as the world's leading factoring body and is a victory for the continent.  

“I’m honoured to contribute to shaping FCI’s strategy for the increasingly important African market; serve as a valuable resource for FCI Members seeking to enter the African market; provide the trust and confidence emerging African Factors require at the early stages of factoring and thereby continue to help boost the overall FCI global influence and membership,” said Mrs. Kanayo Awani.

Mrs. Awani’s election is also a recognition of Afreximbank’s efforts in promoting factoring in Africa. Over the years, the Bank has built a strong bond with FCI, supporting the growth of factoring in Africa, nurturing the Africa Chapter and significantly increasing its membership. Afreximbank has initiated innovative programmes to promote factoring in Africa, including the development and promotion of a factoring model law, which has now been adopted by six countries and is now being considered by the parliaments of several African countries including Senegal and Nigeria. In addition, Afreximbank has supported factoring transactions of up to USD 100 million in the last five years and has leveraged its influences to attract grant capacity from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and other partners towards capacity building of African Factors.

With more than 400 members in 90 countries, FCI offers various solutions for cross-border receivables finance as well as a unique network for cooperation in international factoring. It helps its members to develop international trade and finance business. Transactions by FCI members represent nearly 90% of the world’s factoring volume.

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