Commerzbank is set to open a representative office in Abidjan, bringing its number of locations on the continent to seven.

The new office will be a contact for local banks and for German and international companies in French-speaking West Africa, the bank says in a statement. The office will also house an African research hub to track the growth in economic relations between Europe and Africa, which the bank plans to participate in.

Konrad Engber will head up the five staff members in Abidjan. He has previously worked as the bank’s representative in Addis Ababa and Tripoli.