President of the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIM), Professor Benedict Oramah has disclosed that the Bank is partnering with Kings College Hospital in the UK and others to build a world class tertiary hospital and health park in Abuja.
According to him, the 500-bed state-of-the-art hospital will be developed in collaboration with the partners.
Professor Oramah, who spoke today, August 17, when he led a delegation of the Bank on a courtesy visit to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential villa, Abuja, said that there are other plans of the Bank to invest in important sectors of the Nigerian economy including health.
According to Professor Oramah, AFREXIM is investing in trade and health infrastructure, and is also involved in the procurement and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to African countries, including Nigeria, to enable the continent achieve herd immunity.
The bank, according to him, is also planning to establish National Quality Assurance Centres in parts of the country in order to support and upgrade export of commodities from Nigeria.
He said that there is an arrangement under the AFREXIM Bank facility to deliver 40 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines to Nigeria over a short period of time.
He said that the bank is committed to ensuring that African continent achieved herd immunity by vaccinating about 60 percent of Africa’s population against COVID19 disease.
Responding, Professor Osinbajo commended the bank for its efforts in stimulating and developing African trade, including its many engagements in Nigeria, expressing satisfaction with the work done by the bank and the interest shown in areas such as health infrastructure, trade facilitation and tourism, among others.
The Vice President said that the Federal Government’s programmes in the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector, particularly in the Shared Facility Initiative under the National MSMEs Clinic, are important and deserving of AFREXIM’s backing.
He said that the initiative which is implemented in collaboration with state governments, and aimed at developing manufacturing clusters across the country, could be enhanced through partnership with the bank.