Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Wins Global Trade Review (GTR) Best Trade Finance Bank in Southern Africa and Best Trade Finance Deal in Africa with Sovereign Trade Finance Deal

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Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Wins Global Trade Review (GTR) Best Trade Finance Bank in Southern Africa
Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) Wins Global Trade Review (GTR) Best Trade Finance Bank in Southern Africa

RMB has over the years, been providing various solutions to the African Sovereign market, from syndicated lending facilities, Green Bonds, Eurobonds, and more recently short-term structured solutions

SANDTON, SOUTH AFRICA: In the recent Global Trade Review (GTR) awards announcement, RMB (www.RMB.co.za) has been awarded as the Best Trade Finance Bank in Southern Africa and for the Best Trade Finance Deal in Africa for the Sovereign Trade Finance transaction – a collaboration with the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and the Ministry of Economy and Finance for Côte d’Ivoire, to facilitate a trade-backed facility to support crucial trade-related initiatives.

Said Ben Bechet from RMB’s Trade and Working Capital, Head of Structured Solutions team: “While RMB has a proud history of supporting sovereigns on the continent, this is a first-of-its-kind facility for an African sovereign and brings a new, sizable liquidity pool into play. This transaction will pave the way for further short-term trade facilities across the continent to assist with developmental initiatives, critical projects and the importation of crucial goods such as food, fertilizer, and medicines alongside other resources.”

Through the strong anchoring of the facility structure, positive Environmental, Social, and Governance (“ESG”) reporting track record and market support on this transaction, after deal closure and announcement last year, RMB has been working with the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Côte d’Ivoire to increase the size of the facility. This not only highlights the confidence the market has in the Republic of Cote’ D’Ivoire but also the positive impact the facility has made as a sustainable and cost-effective solution within the ministry’s funding mix. Although we have been recognized as the best Trade Finance bank in Southern Africa for the past 3 years, this best deal award demonstrates our reach and impact covers the entire continent.

RMB has over the years, been providing various solutions to the African Sovereign market, from syndicated lending facilities, Green Bonds, Eurobonds, and more recently short-term structured solutions to provide budgetary support. This collaboration with MIGA continues RMB’s proud history of providing new and innovative solutions for our clients on the continent and further entrenches our position as one of the leading trade finance banks in Africa.

Mergan Naidoo, Head of Trade at RMB commented: “This deal was a demonstration of intentional collaboration with purpose. Africa is in desperate need of sustainable solutions that create value for the continent by accessing global credit appetite and packaging it in a simple, cost-effective, and, most importantly, meaningful way. This milestone transaction took time, perseverance, and ‘grit’ that forged relationships geared toward accelerated scalability, linear to the value returned to the continent.”

We are delighted to have won both these awards, and that this is the 6th consecutive year we have won the award for Best Trade Finance Bank Southern Africa. These awards are proof of RMB’s trade finance capabilities and success in forging partnerships with insurance, guarantee and export credit agency providers to extend meaningful funding support to our clients across Africa. Collaboration with development financial institutions and multilaterals remains key to truly unlocking new opportunities to support our clients,” concluded Bechet.

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