Standard Bank in drive to link African clients with export opportunities
STANBIC Bank’s parent company, Standard Bank is hosting digital matchmaking events which connect African exporters with Chinese importers, to complement its physical participation at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai.
African clients from across the continent will be virtually “matched” for discussion on opportunities with potential Chinese buyers who are interested in importing African products. These buyers or importers are clients of Standard Bank’s strategic partner, the Industrial Commercial Bank of China (ICBC).
The digital event comes in response to challenges brought about by the covid-19 pandemic. Digital matchmaking forums also allow African exporters to participate in the activities of the import-led trade show without having to be there physically.
Standard Bank has participated in the CIIE since its inception in 2018, as it looks to grow trade and investment relationships between Africa and China.
Philip Myburgh, head of Africa China Banking at Standard Bank said the third CIIE arrives at a time when the facilitation of trade is crucial to offsetting the economic consequences of Covid-19.
“It is critical that we find new ways of connecting our customers to the markets that hold potential for African businesses to expand and grow.
“Covid-19 has created opportunities on both fronts. African businesses are looking for opportunities to diversify and make up for losses experienced during the year. At the same time, Chinese importers are considering new markets to source products from amid geopolitical uncertainty. Many Chinese buyers are even looking at entering extended commitments (over one or five years) as opposed to agreeing to a single deal,” he said.
Standard Bank has received increased interest from its African client businesses who want to access China, and from those who are already exporting to the Asian country.