South Africa: Absa Group confirms expansion into China with new office 

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Absa Group expands into China with the inauguration of a new non-banking subsidiary in Beijing.

The non-banking subsidiary is now operational, with the official launch event scheduled for May 8, 2024, in Beijing.

At a ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa today, attended by Enoch Godongwana, the South African Minister of Finance, and Chen Xiaodong, the Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Absa Group demonstrated the ongoing expansion of its international presence and reiterated its dedication to fostering new opportunities between Africa and China.

The new office will allow Absa Group to provide local assistance to Chinese clients and stakeholders in facilitating transactions across the African continent. This will aid in supporting clients’ needs, goals, and ambitions.

This move reflects Absa’s broader commitment to expanding its operations with international representative offices in strategic markets. It also underscores the bank’s dedication to providing deep expertise in African markets to its overseas clients.

“We’re thrilled to add our office in China to our global footprint”, commented Arrie Rautenbach, Group CEO of Absa Group.

“Today’s announcement reinforces our ambition to grow our international strategy – particularly as China is such a strategically important market for Africa.

“Our expansion into this dynamic market represents an exciting opportunity to unlock new avenues of growth and prosperity for Africa and China.”

The China-Africa investment relationship has flourished over the past few decades, with China emerging as the continent’s largest bilateral trade partner.

This expansion is driven by Chinese investment in Africa’s abundant natural resources and infrastructure projects, presenting significant commercial opportunities for both regions.

“Our presence in China will help to firmly establish Absa’s capability to provide general advisory services to clients based in China for concluding transactions across the African continent, offering us new opportunities with our clients in the region”, says Charles Russon, CEO of Absa Corporate & Investment Bank.

“Establishing our base there will not only give us a physical presence in the region but also help us to meet the needs of our clients operating in this rapidly growing market.”

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