Friday, 26 April 2013



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Afreximbank plans African trade journal

Afreximbank President Jean-Louis Ekra (left) and his predecessor, Christopher Edordu (right), share a joke as Francis Mbroh (centre), Director, Afreximbank Research Department, looks on.
Cairo, 26 April 2013 – To help fill the gaps in availability of accurate information and statistics on African trade and trade finance and to publish research on trade-related issues of interest to entities promoting and financing African trade, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) is to begin the publication of the Journal of African Trade, a peer-reviewed journal.
                Jean-Louis Ekra, President of Afreximbank, said today in Cairo during the maiden meeting of the Editorial Board and Managing Editors of the publication that the Journal of African Trade would be an authoritative medium for the publication and dissemination of research findings on contemporary policy issues relating to African trade development and that it would be devoted to African trade, trade finance and other trade related issues.
                Mr. Ekra said that the Journal would address the challenge faced by governments, businesses, banks and other entities involved in policy-making in respect of African trade, trade finance and trade negotiations, who, because of lack of credible data, often had to make decisions with limited information, with attendant poor results.
                It will contain a blend of theoretical and empirical research work and would consist of articles written by prominent international trade professionals, including academics and researchers, with in-depth knowledge of global and African trade.
                The Journal is being managed by a 16-member Editorial Board and a five–member team of Managing Editors. The Editorial Board is made up of economists and trade experts with proven technical competences in international trade and trade finance and is responsible for controlling the quality of the publication. The Managing Editors are knowledgeable and well known economists.
                The first issue of the journal is due to be released in October 2013.
                Participants at today’s meeting include Prof. Alemayehu Geda of the Department of Economics, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia; Prof. Nicholas Biekpe of the Africagrowth Institute, Cape Town, South Africa; Mr. Stephen Karingi, Director, Regional Integration and Trade, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa; Dr. Benoit Beila Malan of the Economics Department, University of Cocody, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire; Prof. Fondo Sikod of the University of Yaounde, Cameroon; and Mr. Chistopher Edordu, former President of Afreximbank.