Demica, the FinTech specialising in supply chain finance solutions, has announced the expansion of supply chain finance to Nigerian businesses, including SMEs, transforming working capital optimisation and liquidity through a new banking partnership between African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Sterling Bank.

African Export-Import Bank and Sterling Bank have partnered to introduce the innovative AFREXIMBANK TRADELINK in Nigeria, leveraging Demica’s proven payables finance technology as well as its intuitive supplier onboarding tool.

Gwen Mwaba, Director and Global Head, Trade Finance, Afreximbank, said, “The launch in Nigeria is a first step in Afreximbank’s plans to introduce payables finance across Africa in partnership with leading African financial institutions. The product, which will deploy world-class technology and a collaborative delivery model, aligns with the bank’s vision of transforming Africa’s trade, and will contribute towards achievement of the bank’s strategic objective of reducing the trade finance gap in Africa, especially for the SME segment.”

The new partnership in Nigeria is a unique, innovative arrangement that leverages the complementary strengths of both banks to provide a comprehensive market-leading solution to Nigerian corporates and their suppliers. Under the partnership, US Dollar and Euro financing is provided by Afreximbank and financing in Naira is provided by Sterling Bank. Suppliers to Nigerian corporates can thus benefit from financing in both local and foreign currency as per their requirements.

Abubakar Suleiman, Managing Director of Sterling Bank, said, “Sterling Bank is committed to meeting the trade finance needs of Nigerian corporates and their suppliers and we are proud to introduce this much-needed product for the benefit of Nigerian businesses in partnership with Afreximbank.”

The payables finance product enables suppliers to access funding by obtaining early payment for invoices approved for payment by their corporate buyers. The buyers continue to receive trade credit from the suppliers, and the suppliers monetise their trade receivables through the early payment received, enabling them to improve their working capital position and ultimately grow their business.

Maurice Benisty, Demica’s Chief Commercial Officer, said, “We’re thrilled our technology is helping drive forward the expansion of supply chain finance in Nigeria, in partnership with Afreximbank and Sterling Bank. Right across Africa there is huge unmet demand for this type of finance to meet fast-changing requirements for working capital and liquidity, especially in the SME sector. This payables finance solution is going to assist the growth of trade in and from Africa, and further demonstrates the value that these solutions bring to the real economy.”


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