Building A Cadre of Competent Trade Finance Experts in Africa

Critical Aspects of Trade Finance

Statement of need

Producers and exporters from African countries have over the years assumed a limited role in international trade and global supply chains. Equally, the level of intra-Africa trade remains undesirably low despite the growing opportunities through the opening of markets including through the elimination of trade barriers. The entry into force of the AfCFTA presents an opportunity to African producers to grow their export businesses and indeed be integrated into the continental as well as regional supply chain. However, for this to be possible, most traders lack the resources to enhance the quality, packaging and transportation of their exports.

Trade finance presents traders and producers at all levels with a wider opportunity to access required resources to enable them to grow their export and indeed import businesses. Notwithstanding this, most exporters or producers including SMEs lack the necessary capacity in the area of trade finance to enable them to take advantage of such solutions.

Consequently, this executive course will expose participants to key trade finance solutions that may enable them to grow their export and import businesses. 

Course objectives

  • Explain the importance of trade finance in intra-African trade and the growth of export business.
  • Understand how trade finance can assist exporters and importers to improve their cash flow and efficiency.
  • Explain when and how Exporters and Importers can use trade finance solutions and which types.
  • Make use of trade finance solutions relevant to their businesses.
  • Identify financial institutions that can provide them with trade finance institutions. 


  • Trade Finance Overview
  • Comparison of financing trade through trade finance solutions and traditional banking
  • Letters of credit
  • Receivable Financing
  • Factoring and Forfaiting
  • Export credit or working capital 


This includes Private Sector Practitioners (inclusive of those from SMEs) involved in the buying and selling of goods; Professionals working in Trade, Export, and Commodity Finance; Import & Export Officers & Managers, Trade Finance Services Officers and Managers; Captains of Business Organisations; Trade Finance and Marketing Professionals.

2 Week

Venue: Nairobi, Kenya
Date: 20 – 31 May 2024

Venue: Mombasa, Kenya
Date: 23 Sep– 4 Oct 2024

Course Fees



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    Puplic/ParastatalPrivateRegional/Civic organisationsAcademic Institution

    Nairobi, KenyaMombasa, Kenya