Countdown to 2018 SBL Conference: (6 Days to go) Financing Intra–African Trade and Development

NBA-SBL 2018 Conference
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Day 1 – Thursday, June 28      /     Session 2A

Time: 11.30am – 1:00pm   /   Venue: Congress Hall

Topic: Financing Intra–African Trade and Development

As we gear-up towards the Nigerian Bar Association Section on Business Law (NBA-SBL) 12th Annual Business Law Conference, Abuja, June 27-29, 2018, let us take a look at the session 2A of the conference, ‘Financing Intra – African Trade and Development’.

NBA-SBL 2018 Conference
NBA-SBL 2018 Conference

There are points that could make Africa a great place to do business and develop her human capacities. There is enormous untapped potential through regional integration in Africa to deliver poverty reduction and development gains; that we can take a fresh look at some regional integration initiatives if the continent is to become better integrated; and that the World Bank Group is likely to support the continent’s governments and communities in this effort.

Regional trade integration has long been a strategic objective for Africa yet, despite some success in eliminating tariffs within regional communities, the African market remains highly fragmented. A range of non-tariff and regulatory barriers still raise transaction costs and limit the movement of goods, services, people and capital across borders throughout Africa.

With the right policies and with political will a great deal could be done to boost African integration.

For all the momentum towards Africa as a single trading bloc, trade and business activities need massive financing. This session will examine how key stakeholders intend to rise to the demands of financing the expansion of Intra-African trade.


Session Chair: Okechukwu Enelamah

Okechukwu Enelamah  is Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment. He was nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari to join the Federal Cabinet in October 2015 and appointed to the Industry, Trade, and Investment portfolio in November 2015.

Enelamah earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1985. He earned a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University in 1994 where he was a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow. He is a member of ICAN (1992) and became a CFA in 1997.

He earned Dean’s List honours in his MBBS graduating class at the University of Nigeria, and was awarded national prizes in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examinations.

Enalamah worked as an Audit Senior and Consultant with 1988 at Arthur Anderson (now KPMG Professional Services). He later worked in the New York and London offices of Goldman Sachs in 1993 before joining Zephyr Management as an investment manager where he rose to Principal in the Johannesburg office between 1995 and 1997.

Enalamah founded African Capital Alliance (ACA), a private equity firm, in 1997 where he served as CEO until his appointment to the Industry, Trade, and Investment portfolio in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.


Coordinators: Justina Lewa, Company Secretary/ Chief Legal Counsel, Sterling Bank Plc. & Esosa Omo-Usoh, Partner, Solola & Akpana


Haresh Aswani serves as Managing Director of Nigeria at Tolaram Corporation Pte. Ltd. Mr. Aswani has been an Honorary Consul-General for Singapore in Nigeria since 2006.

Mr. Aswani has been with the Tolaram Corporation Group since 1984 and established and successfully running trading, industrial and manufacturing companies.

He has established successful businesses in Nigeria, including key joint ventures with Asian companies.

Samallie Kiyingi is a General Counsel at the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank).

Ms. Kiyingi began her career in Sydney at the Australian law firm, Blake Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) before being recruited by the international law firm Clifford Chance in 2005 and relocating to London.

As a Senior Associate at Clifford Chance, Samallie was lead counsel on a wide range of structured finance transactions and helped catalyze the firm’s Africa strategy.

More recently, Ms. Kiyingi worked as an Associate Director at the British Arab Commercial Bank and as a Director at Deutsche Bank where she established and ran the bank’s Global Securitization Regulatory Advisory Team. She is admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia, and England and Wales.


Damilola attended the University of Buckingham (UK) and the Harvard Law School (USA). She is qualified to practice in the State of New York (1999) and Nigeria (2003).

She is the Corporate/Commercial, Capital Market and Finance Partner at Odujinrin & Adefulu, Nigeria. She has extensive experience in matters relating to banking, capital market, structured trade finance, term loans, syndicated finance; trade finance mechanisms. She has advised on various transactions and represented foreign and domestic clients including African Export-Import Bank (“AFREXIM”), Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, Addax Petroleum Development (Nigeria) Limited and Lafarge Africa Plc.

Damilola Adetunji is best known in the market for her experience in corporate law. She is frequently engaged in matters such as project finance, takeovers and capital markets work for both domestic and regional clients. Market sources attest to her attentive and creative approach.

She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the International Bar Association and the Capital Market Solicitors Association.

Kimathi is an award-winning Harvard-educated transactional lawyer who is “highly regarded” as the top deal maker of his generation. Kimathi is the Managing Partner at KIMATHI & PARTNERS, a tier one law firm in Ghana.

Ranked by Legal 500 as one of the top 6 leading lawyers in Ghana, Kimathi is the go-to lawyer for many of Ghana’s large, complex and demanding Energy, Natural Resources and Finance transactions. His clients include four of the most developed countries in the world, several Fortune 500 companies and many of the major global multinationals and development finance companies doing business in Ghana.

Kimathi is involved in many of Ghana’s high-profile deals including advising the United States Government and the Millennium Challenge Corporation on the implementation of the of the US$498.2 Million Power Compact grant to help transform Ghana’s energy sector; and advised Google in relation to its large-scale metro-fiber telecom project in Ghana to help mobile network operators provide broadband services to their customers at an affordable cost.

He is the first African to win the prestigious International Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year Award for his “professional excellence, innovative approach to legal practice, community service and reputation for the advancement of legal ethics”.

Kimathi is also a Young Global Leader, a prestigious honour bestowed by the Swiss-based World Economic Forum on some of the most extraordinary leaders in various fields in the world under the age of 40 in recognition of their “professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the world through inspiring leadership”.

Kemi Arosanyin is an International Trade Development Specialist and Director for “Africa Trade Expansion Program” at the World Trade Center Miami. In this role, she facilitates two-way trade between the Americas and Sub-Saharan Africa.

A Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP) in the United States with over 15 years of industry experience specializing in trade finance, international marketing, import/export logistics, market research and strategy.

An International Trade Scholar who has led many outstanding international business research projects including X-Culture global virtual project organized in collaboration with the Academy of International Business (AIB).

She received a Master of International Business (MIB) from Florida International University, Miami, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a Bachelor of Science in Pure and Applied Mathematics (BSC) from University of Ilorin, Nigeria. Also, she obtained a Certificate in Finance of International Trade from the Export Academy, United Kingdom.

Kemi is an active member of many prominent international trade organizations such as NASBITE International, Society for International Affairs (SIA) and International Compliance Professionals Association (ICPA).

She is a regular speaker and panelist at international trade conferences, and she writes on “trade and investment in Sub-Saharan Africa” for the Global Trade Magazine and the International Credit and Trade Finance (ICTF) magazine.

Beyond international trade, Kemi manages professional development programs for the Center for Economic Education in Miami Dade College.

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