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GTR Africa 2022

About GTR

Absa Corporate and Investment Bank is once again proud to sponsor the GTR Africa 2022 event. Our focus is to provide our clients an opportunity to connect with industry experts, with focus on key markets, innovation, trade and commodity flows, infrastructure, and the wider implications of the ever-changing global environment. We have the expertise, skills and data driven insights which will help you access digital trade solutions which are customised for your business. We want would like to help you maintain strong relationships with associates, such as the Development Finance Institutions (CDC and IFC)  and FinTechs, to enabling our you as our clients and to facilitate trade. This, coupled with our trade experts in the import and export industry, will ensure that you have the right information available to make informed business decisions.

Connect with us to find out more information as we work with you to provide innovative, efficient, and secure trade solutions.

Meet the team

Unlocking your potential with insight and sustainable solutions.


Kuben Pillay

Head: Trade, Working Capital and International Banking, Transactional Banking at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking

With more than 16 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry, Kuben has experience across Sales, Strategy and Operations. Currently he oversees the Southern Africa Region (South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zambia and Botswana) Trade and Working Capital Business.

Kuben specializes in African Trade providing innovative trade and working capital financing solutions to corporates across the bank.


Bohani Hlungwane

Group head of Trade and Working Capital, Absa Corporate and Investment Bank

Bohani is a senior global corporate banker, thought leader on Africa Trade, Trade Finance & Working Capital specialist, speaker on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), and business leader with 18 years’ experience in banking across geographies.


Mosa Tshabalala

Head of FI Trade Sales (International), Risk Distribution and Syndications

With more than 18 years of management experience in diverse financial institutions, Mosa Tshabalala has substantial experience in the banking sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Coupled with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the international market dynamics and key players in the FI Trade and Risk Distribution space, Mosa has a proven record of integrity, results, productivity, and quality.

Thought leadership articles

Unlocking your potential with insight and sustainable solutions.


No more business-as-usual in African capital markets

For Africa to narrow a trade finance gap which is nearing $120bn per year, we need stakeholders to take a more nuanced approach to risk and partnerships in 2024.


A bridge over troubled waters, how digitalisation will close the African trade finance gap, further ESG and empower SMEs

Europe remains one of the most important continents for trade with Africa, but recent years have seen a decline relative to other regions, with a notable uptick in flows from China and MEA regions.


Absa leads the pack in support for SMEs

Small- and medium enterprises (SMEs) are crucial to Africa’s and South Africa’s economy. SMEs urgently need bank funding support to aid their survival through the challenges brought on by the pandemic. Through funding, small businesses can participate and benefit from the new growth opportunities presented by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). At Absa, we are committed to all our clients (big or small) and are determined to give them access to limitless possibilities.


It’s time to rethink how we do trade

Absa’s Abdul Yassim (Head of sales trade and working capital South Africa) and Ruth Ngulube (Head of trade and working capital in Zambia) unpack Covid-19’s effects on trade and how it will bounce back. They explain that despite the challenges South Africa and the region face, there are emerging solutions that will bring new opportunities into the industry.