The African Export-Import Bank on Wednesday, disclosed that it has become the largest financier of oil and gas projects in Africa.

The bank disclosed investing $30bn in industry projects, with Nigeria receiving 60 per cent despite reduced global funding for hydrocarbon ventures in Africa.

President, Afreximbank, Prof Benedict Oramah, said Africa has to find innovative solutions to its huge energy deficit.

Oramah was speaking at the National Oil Companies Forum at the ongoing Nigeria International Energy Summit in Abuja on Wednesday.

Represented by Mr. Haytham ElMaayergi, Executive Vice President, Global Trade Bank, Prof. Oramah lamented that it was incomprehensible that in a continent with abundant oil, gas, solar hydro resources, the bulk of the population still lacks access to reliable and affordable energy.

He explained the continent lacks extensive traditional energy infrastructure, but stressed that this presents an opportunity for leapfrogging in a more efficient way to renewable technology.

“Our aspiration in the area of energy security and energy transition will remain aspiration unless we have access to adequate funding resources that we control. With a lot of international banks withdrawing funding out of the oil and gas sector, the investment in the industry has become severely limited with the corresponding impact on exploration and production.

Oramah disclosed that Afreximbank would be managing the proposed Africa Energy Bank to ensure its best chance of success.

“The strategic goal of the Africa Energy Bank is to play a leadership role in shaping the energy landscape in Africa through strategic partnership with proven African and international financial institutions and investors and also to provide sustainable financing in this area of the oil and gas sector.

“The Africa energy bank will need considerable support to get off the ground. We will need support from member states to achieve the level of capitalization that is adequate to support the energy sector”, he added.

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