The African Export-Import Bank has launched “Mansa” – a pan-African customer due diligence platform that will promote African trade by making available the single trusted source of primary data needed to coordinate due diligence checks on counterparties in Africa.
The Mansa platform is being positioned as the centralised ‘go to’ platform for fulfilling client due diligence (CDD) and know your customer (KYC) requirements throughout the African continent. By providing comprehensive due diligence information it will end the subjective evaluation of customers and eliminate the perceived, and often unfair, risk in trading with African counterparties. The platform also offers insight into the investment climate and information on related services on the continent.
During the launch in Abuja, Dr. Benedict Oramah, President of Afreximbank, said, “Our new Mansa platform is a natural extension of Afreximbank’s mission to expand, develop and diversify African trade. Mansa will enhance intra-African trade by enabling the efficient on-boarding of customers whilst reducing both operational workloads and the costs of compliance. Sometimes a new service comes along which represents a win-win for its users and Mansa is a perfect example of this. Afreximbank has taken the lead by creating a platform for client due diligence and know your customer. It will enable African financial institutions and corporate entities to meet customer and business partners’ expectations at the same time as ensuring consistent and effective regulatory compliance. The ultimate aim of the platform is to increase trade in, and with, Africa by de-risking compliance and strengthening relationships between international banks and global trading entities with their African counterparties, by promoting good governance, transparency and accountability”.
This platform is named after Mansa Musa, the great ruler of the West African Malian Empire in the 1300s, who was responsible for opening up trade across Africa by establishing Timbuktu as a commercial, cultural and religious centre.