East Africa Exchange formally launched

BUSINESS

|
Image: H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya rings a bell to signify the official regional launch of East Africa Exchange. By EAX
H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya rings a bell to signify the official regional launch of East Africa Exchange

Africa Exchange Holdings has introduced the East Africa Exchange (EAX) at the 6th Northern Corridor Integration Projects Summit in Kigali, Rwanda. His Excellency Presidency Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya launched the regional exchange. 

Established by Tony O. Elumelu, CON, of Heirs Holdings, Nicolas Berggruen of Berggruen Holdings, Dr. Jendayi Frazer of 50 Ventures and Rwandan investment company Ngali Holdings— the EAX is a commodity exchange that aims to increase regional market efficiency and give the growing population, particularly smallholder farmers, better access to commercial markets.

The EAX will link small-scale farmers in the East African community (EAC) to agricultural and financial markets so they can get competitive pricing for crops and access to finance. EAX will use NASDAQ’s OMX X-Stream trading platform for electronic trading and warehouse receipts so farmers can deposit their produce into EAX certified warehouses and access its services.

The importance of commodity exchanges was first mentioned in the Abuja Treaty of 1991 and endorsed by Heads of State and government in 2005. In 2013, EAX became the first regional exchange to link smallholder farmers to agricultural and financial markets with competitive pricing.

At the formal launch, Mr. Elumelu said, “The EAX showcases our desire to identify far reaching investment opportunities, while ensuring that most of the value-adding aspects of Africa’s resource wealth stay on our continent. Africa must move toward greater self-sufficiency with private investment and strategic partnerships, just as we have done at EAX through our partnership with NASDAQ.”

The EAX provides opportunities for faster and more inclusive African economic growth through intra-African trade previously unseen on this scale in the region. More regional trade will increase employment, accommodate a higher number of market participants and drive greater scale in terms of agricultural financing.

Nicolas Berggruen said, “EAX is complementing the EAC’s goal of regional economic integration, and putting in place a world-class exchange to create a globally competitive market for Africa’s commodities.”

Speaking at the launch, Dr. Jendayi Frazer said, “The EAX has the capacity to facilitate cross border trading of commodities within the EAC, providing a central marketplace, connecting buyers and sellers throughout the region. To be a true regional exchange we are also opening up for regional investors so we can become East-African owned.”

Irene Ndikumwenayo, Ngai Holdings, Chief Financial Officer, an EAX board member and EAX shareholder, echoed the importance of the regional nature of the exchange. “The East African region is the fastest growing bloc in Africa. It only makes sense for local companies to support the initiative and to promote trade and economic growth in our region,” he said.

Also in attendance at the launch were the host, His Excellency Presidency Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda, President Salva Kiir Mayardit of South Sudan, and Honorable Tedros Adhanon, Minister of Foreign Affairs for Ehiopia, as well as the three principal investors in EAX and Board Chairman, Dr. Jendayi Frazer.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE BUSINESS NEWS

Why CWG is re-strategising

Tayo Oduwole, James Agada, Bature Umar Masari, Austin Okere, and Nasiru Izegwire Nigeria’s Computer Warehouse Group (CWG Plc) is re-strategising to take the company in a different direction. Read More

Green accelerator programme launched in Kenya

Impact Amplifier, Growth Africa, VC4Africa and Hivos have joined forces to launch an accelerator programme for green entrepreneurs, looking to help these entrepreneurs scale their innovations across Africa. Read More

Nigeria will drive West African operations, says Asseco chief

L-R: Simon Melchior, Mrs Ogunboye, Majekodunmi and Communications M Akinwande Oluwatobi European software giant Asseco Group has decided to open shop in Nigeria to drive its presence in the sub-region from the country. Read More

Eaton Towers acquires Airtel towers in 6 countries

Eaton Towers and Bharti Airtel today announced an agreement for the acquisition of over 3,500 telecoms towers by Eaton Towers from Airtel. Read More

TNM first quarter net profit jumps to K1.8 billion

Malawi's mobile telecoms network service provider TNM continues to realise an increase in net profit from operations. Read More

Revenues from tablet games to triple

New data from Juniper Research has revealed that by 2019 worldwide revenues from tablet games will reach $13.3 billion – a threefold rise on the 2014 figure of $3.6 billion. Read More

Airtel Uganda hosts high value customers at Business Leaders’ Forum

Enterprise Director, Airtel Uganda, Mr. Oladapo P. Sorinolu Airtel Uganda has hosted an Enterprise Expo in Mbarara district, Western Uganda, as part of efforts to provide practical and modern business solutions to its high value customers.  Read More

Safaricom, Airtel complete yuMobile deal

Safaricom and Airtel have completed the US$120 million acquisition of yuMobile from Essar Telecom. Read More

GrowthAfrica, Usahibu partner to solve SME accounting issues

Kenyan accelerator GrowthAfrica has partnered cloud computing firm Uhasibu in a bid to address the accounting and financial software needs of East African startups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Read More

Top 10 risks worth considering when expanding into Africa

Companies planning to expand across Africa must make a concerted effort to understand the risks, and not assume they “know” Africa, says ContinuitySA. Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

MFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmersMFarmer SMS redefines market access for Ugandan farmers

Ugandan smallholder farmers are benefitting from an ambitious innovative ICT mobile phone initiative that offers weather reports and up-to-date market information about changes in prices for agricultural commodities, thus granting them lucrative returns from their farming ventures. 

IN DEPTH

NIG President speaks his mindNIG President speaks his mind

Bayo Banjo, CEO, Disc Communications and President, Nigeria Internet Group (NIG) says the proposed licensing of infrastructure companies by the Nigeria Communications Commission (NCC) will breed corruption and entrench monopolistic practices. Kokumo Goodie reports.

COMPANY NEWS

VMware announces general availability of new solutions for building, managing and protecting softwar

VMware has announced the general availability of VMware NSX 6.1, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager 5.8, VMware vCloud Suite 5.8, VMware vRealize Operations Insight, VMware vRealize Suite ...