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Absa Group Forges Economic Bridge: Launches Non-Banking Subsidiary in China

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  • The establishment of an office in China under a wholly foreign-owned enterprise license allows Absa Group to provide advisory services to clients in China for transactions across Africa, as well as distribute economic research reports to corporate and institutional clients in both regions, in compliance with Chinese regulations.
  • Charles Russon, CEO of Absa Corporate and Investment Bank, emphasized that the new office in China will enable Absa to offer localized support to Chinese clients, facilitating transactions across Africa and aligning with the bank’s commitment to expanding its international presence and offering specialized expertise in African markets to overseas clients.

Absa Group has reached a significant milestone by officially launching a non-banking subsidiary in the People’s Republic of China, strengthening the crucial economic link between Africa and China.

Arrie Rautenbach, Group Chief Executive Officer of Absa Group, emphasized the vast potential of the African continent in global trade, citing its abundance of talent, mineral resources, and youthful population. He stressed that Absa’s expansion into China signifies more than just acquiring a new location but underscores their commitment to expanding their global presence and fostering growth in Africa.

The relationship between China and Africa has seen remarkable growth over the years, with China becoming Africa’s largest bilateral trade partner. This dynamic has been fueled by Chinese investments in Africa’s natural resources and infrastructure, creating significant commercial opportunities for both regions.

Rautenbach further explained that Absa’s decision to establish a presence in China stems from their ambition to facilitate trade and investment flows between China and Africa, leveraging their extensive continental footprint to serve clients across various sectors.

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The establishment of an office in China under a wholly foreign-owned enterprise license allows Absa Group to provide advisory services to clients in China for transactions across Africa, as well as distribute economic research reports to corporate and institutional clients in both regions, in compliance with Chinese regulations.

Charles Russon, CEO of Absa Corporate and Investment Bank, emphasized that the new office in China will enable Absa to offer localized support to Chinese clients, facilitating transactions across Africa and aligning with the bank’s commitment to expanding its international presence and offering specialized expertise in African markets to overseas clients.

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