The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has expanded its range of trade finance products by launching a new guarantee programme for letter of credit (L/C) and other financial instruments.

The Afreximbank Guarantee Programme (Afgap) is aimed at closing Africa's trade finance gap.


Afgap features short-term trade guarantee solutions, including an L/C confirmation guarantee and a country risk guarantee facility.

The facility also provides supply chain finance guarantee solutions and medium and long-term guarantee products.

Tailored solutions

The facility will also provide tailored solutions such as a construction finance guarantee to support project completion, a trade contract guarantee and an interstate transit guarantee to facilitate the movement of goods across Africa's borders.

The programme is part of Exim-plus, a strategy developed to position Afreximbank as a comprehensive trade facilitation and financing solution centre in Africa.

Under Exim-plus, Afreximbank is offering a wide range of instruments that are often associated with export credit agencies and other more specialised trade and development finance institutions.

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