The prestigious Global Trade Review, leaders in trade awards, has named Ecobank, a Pan-African banking group, as the ‘Best Trade Finance Bank in West Africa’.
The award announcement was made at Global Trade Review’s annual awards ceremony held in London. Meanwhile, the award comes as recognition of Ecobank’s solutions for domestic and regional supply chain financing across key trade corridors as well as the bank’s arranger roles and participation in key soft commodities campaign financing across West Africa, notably covering cotton, cacao, soya beans and cashew nuts.
Souleymane Diagne, Group Head, Trade Finance at Ecobank, stated that Ecobank’s offerings are supplemented by its state-of-the-art E-trade module under the Omni Plus platform.
The Group Head, moreover, noted that the bank’s products are positioned to support both our Corporate and Investment Banking and SME customers in leveraging on the African Continental Free Trade Area’s opportunities and growing intra-African trade.
“As a Pan-African bank with the largest footprint across the continent, a major ambition of Ecobank is to be the preferred trade bank for SMEs and corporates across Africa.”Souleymane Diagne
Taking Advantage of the Bank’s Immense Growth
Mr. Souleymane Diagne expressed appreciation for the award, noting that the award is as a result of the hard work of the bank over the years and its commitment to develop global trade.
“We are committed to enabling them to take advantage of the immense growth opportunities fostered by the game-changing African Continental Free Trade Area. This accolade from Global Trade Review provides welcome recognition of the impact we are making through our suite of trade products and solutions, which include Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, Trade Services and Supply Chain Finance.”Souleymane Diagne
The Group Head of Trade Finance at Ecobank assured its customers that it will continue to develop new products that will help them in their trades.
“For our customers and partners in West Africa and throughout sub-Saharan Africa, we are resolved to continue delivering value through our trade and multi-currency payments solutions, leveraging on our African expertise and our network’s advantage.”Souleymane Diagne
The judges of Global Trade Review also recognized Ecobank’s Trade Services solutions, which led the bank to commend significant market share on Letters of Credit across the continent, leveraging on its Paris-based affiliate, Ecobank International, for confirmations, payments, and discounts.
Ecobank works closely with clients and leverages on partners within and outside Africa in reviewing key aspects of transactions dynamics, including settlement, financing, risk mitigation, credit enhancement, syndications and applicable regulations.
In Global Trade Review decision to declare Ecobank as Best Trade Finance Bank in West Africa, Global Trade Review’s judges took account of Ecobank’s full suite of trade products, services, impact and performance across Structured Trade and Commodities Finance, Supply Chain Financing and digital trade channels, in each of the 15 West African countries in which Ecobank operates.