Virtual Event
Available on-demand
2 Day Event

The inaugural virtual edition of GTR West Africa 2021 took place on March 24-25, welcoming record participation of trade specialists from across the African continent, Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Spanning two days of lively debate and interactive audience Q&A, over 40 expert speakers shared insight on the primary challenges and opportunities emerging across the regional trade finance sector. Discussions ranged the MDB initiatives and digital innovations put in place to ensure the continued provision of crucial trade finance liquidity during a chaotic first year of the pandemic to the primary trends expected to drive West African economic growth into the coming decade, with discussion around the AfCFTA proving a huge draw for attendees.

An air of positivity characterised this extensive virtual gathering, with many discussions highlighting the successful adaptation of market players to myriad pandemic-driven challenges while pinpointing the further work required across private and public sectors in order to empower trade to continue to drive West Africa’s economic growth. We look forward to continuing the conversation in person at GTR West Africa 2022!


What others are saying

"GTR West Africa has taken the lead in using Africa on the fundamentals of trade opportunities and challenges the way forward. The sessions were thought provoking. Excellent organization."

Y A Akagink, Fortune Ideas Integrated Projects

"Gives you an opportunity to meet people who otherwise would have been impossible to reach. A very educational conference, highly recommended for anyone involved in trade."

C Ihejirika, Mitigram

"A gathering of very seasoned professionals with a lot of knowledge to show. The event was an eye opener and exposed me to other aspects even within my field which I was unaware of. It was also a great networking platform to share and exchange ideas with great minds."

C Chijioje Osueze, Sahara Group

"GTR West Africa has really set the pace for trade improvement within and outside West Africa with a real interactive section."

M Fakayode, Honeywell Flour Mills

"I think it's a great opportunity for networking as well as learning how other organisations weather the storms with regards to trade transactions, especially exports."

C Nwaonumah, Stanbic IBTC Bank

"A gathering of problem-solving minds and professionals that can drive economy from zero to thousands. Thumbs up to the organizers, it was worth it."

A Dennis Adedamola, Hypergold

"It was a wonderful conference and I'm really impressed by the attendance."

G Froment, Louis Dreyfus Company

"Practical, provocative discussions with insights on the economic dangers of continually dependants on oil as this takes away the indicative growth of the nation and making us poorer."

V Nwanze, Azuri Technologies

"Very informative and organised event. Met good contacts and networks."

P Odiegwu, Polyguard Investment

"GTR West Africa is an excellent forum for impactful networking and corporate visibility."

D Aribido, Institute of Export Operations and Management Nigeria

"Every stakeholder involved in developing trade in West Africa should be at this event. I recommend this event for people across industries. The content is robust and very instructive."

U Omoigui, Standard Chartered

"GTR West Africa 2019 and events are always a good opportunity to network and socialise with our customers and prospects as well as get to know the latest developments in the trade world."

A Kone, AfreximBank

"Top notch event for traders and Africa's development through regional trade. The choice of topics was on point for perfect integration of intra-African trade."

I Mamukuyomi, Afriexporter

"Good event to gather more inform on the region's economic situation and how the various markets are doing in Nigeria specifically."

T Sai Paturi, Somtex Nigeria Ltd.

"GTR West Africa presented significant opportunities latent within Africa to be brought to the fore. Sessions such as this without a doubt puts the pressure on for Africa to hasten its development and integration."

I Soji-Okusanya, The Access Bank



GTR West Africa 2021 welcomed a larger and more diverse audience than in previous years. Over 1,300 senior-level professionals from across banking & financial services, corporates & traders, government organisations, technology providers, regulator & policy influencers, and more, join in on the lively debate, voting and 3D experience.

Download our post-event media kit for a further breakdown of the event.


Over 30 speakers included:

    Akinyinka Akintunde
    (Chief Operating Officer, AFEX)
    Albert Rweyemamu
    (Senior Political & Credit Risk Underwriter, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI))
    Amy Jadesimi
    (Chief Executive Officer, Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base (LADOL))
    Caroline Stockmann
    (Chief Executive, Association of Corporate Treasurers (ACT))
    Christian Karam
    (Managing Director, Africa Trade Finance Limited)
    Colin Fraser
    (Chief Executive Officer, FCMB Bank UK)
    David Sawyer
    (Transactor, Investment Banking, Rand Merchant Bank)
    Davinder Mann
    (Director of Strategy, Policy & Climate Change, UK Export Finance (UKEF))
    Dheerie Govender
    (Chief Executive Officer, Global Collateral Control (GCC))
    Didi Akinyelure
    (Journalist & Entrepreneur, REAP Media)
    Ed Harkins
    (Managing Director, GKB Ventures)
    Gabriel Buck
    (Managing Director, GKB Ventures)
    Ikenna Egbukole
    (Head, First Bank of Nigeria (FBN Bank))
    Ishmael Nwokocha
    (General Manager, Treasury, MTN Nigeria)
    Jesuseun Fatoyinbo
    (Head, Transactional Products & Services, Stanbic IBTC Bank)
    John Martin Ndawula
    (Associate Vice-President, Financial Institutions & Trade Finance, Africa Finance Corporation)
    Lanre Oloniniyi
    (Co-Founder, Growth, Orbitt)
    Lodewyk Meyer
    (Partner, Baker McKenzie)
    Marcellin N’da
    (Director Africa Region, Export & Trade Finance, Crédit Agricole CIB)
    Margrith Lutschg
    (Managing Director, Octet Finance)
    Marieme Niang Camara
    (Managing Director - Africa, Wilben Trade)
    Matthew Solley
    (Managing Director, Structured Credit & Political Risk, Gallagher)
    Michiel Hendriksz
    (Founder & CEO, Farmstrong Foundation)
    Mobolade Ojeahere
    (Head, Transaction Banking, Union Bank of Nigeria)
    Mohammed Abdulsalam
    (Senior Vice-President, West & Central Africa, GE Healthcare Financial Services, GE Healthcare)
    Moji Hunponu-wusu
    (Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Woodhall Capital)
    Moussa Toure
    (Senior Underwriter & West Africa Representative, African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI))
    Mubarak Elegbede
    (Manager, Relationship Management, International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC))
    Nana Addo
    (Chief Executive Officer, Imperion Energy)
    Nisrin Abouelezz
    (Managing Director, Head of Africa Group, Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group)
    Oti Ikomi
    (Executive Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Proton Energy)
    Rahul Rastogi
    (Chief Financial Officer, Africa & MENA; Group Chief Financial Officer, Cocoa Beans, Olam International)
    Raj Uttamchandani
    (Executive Director, Trade Finance Market)
    Razia Khan
    (Managing Director, Chief Economist, Africa & Middle East, Global Research, Standard Chartered)
    Robert Parson
    (Partner, Clyde & Co)
    Rolake Akinkugbe-Filani
    (Chief Commercial Officer, Mixta Africa)
    Sheleena Govind
    (Transactor, Debt & Trade Solutions, Financial Institutions Group, Rand Merchant Bank)
    Simon Cook
    (Partner, Sullivan & Worcester UK LLP)
    Sofiene Ben Slimane
    (Senior Relationship Manager North & West Africa, Africinvest Private Credit)
    Stewart Makura
    (Supply Chain Finance Head & Trade Commodity Finance, Sub-Saharan Africa, Citi)
    Tedd George
    (Consultant, Kleos Advisory UK)
    Victory Olumuyiwa
    (Head, Corporate Finance & Treasury, Lafarge Group)
    Vidhi Rupchandani
    (New Product Development, Trader, Sai Commodities)
    Zeal Akaraiwe
    (Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Graeme Blaque Advisory Services)



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