African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have signed the Host Country Agreement for the first African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE) currently under construction in Abuja, Nigeria.
The agreement was signed on 30 September 2022 between Professor Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Afreximbank and Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in presence of the Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Hon. Joseph Nkama, Minister of State for Health; Dr. George Elombi, Afreximbank Executive Vice President, Corporate Governance and Legal Services; and Mrs. Kanayo Awani, Afreximbank Executive Vice President, Intra-African Trade Bank; as well as other members of the management team of the Bank and the AMCE.
The signing of the Host Country Agreement builds up on the recent ground-breaking for the AMCE project, in December 2021, presided over by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari.
Prof. Benedict Oramah, President and Chairman of the Board of Afreximbank, said:
“The AMCE Abuja is a first of its kind quaternary level medical facility in the West Africa region and one amongst the very few, if any, on the African continent. The AMCE will promote Intra African Trade medical tourism by offering a full spectrum of services in oncology, haematology, cardiology, and general healthcare across the continent, in addition to training, research and development capabilities. The AMCE Abuja will serve as the headquarters for other AMCEs to be launched across Africa.