2020 AFEX Milestones: Impact, Wins and Other Stories

by Abimbola Otepola, Corporate Communications Analyst AFEX

ComX Launch

In January, AFEX launched the first-ever inclusive online trading platform in Nigeria that offers the public an opportunity to trade in commodity instruments. Shortly before the realities of the pandemic hit in March, we had a grand launch that witnessed industry experts, key stakeholders in the financial markets, and our many, many friends at AFEX come together to celebrate.

FMDQ MoU Signing

In 2020, AFEX also formalized some major partnerships in the capital market space like the signing of an MoU with FMDQ Holdings PLC. With this strategic partnership, the two capital market entities took on a goal of product innovation for the capital market intended to promote wealth creation that is accessible to every Nigerian in the capital market.

Dubai Gold and Commodities Exchange MoU Signing

We also signed an MoU with Dubai Gold & Commodities Exchange (DGCX) to provide new market opportunities for the commodities traded on both exchanges. The scope of collaboration between the two exchanges covers several activities from knowledge sharing to commodity contract design and the listing of a Shari’ah Gold Product. In addition to this, agricultural commodities from Nigeria can find a route to international markets with the commodities being traded fairly and transparently on the exchanges.

2020 Input Financing Program

The AFEX Input Financing Program has grown from serving 803 farmers in 2015 to 35,000 farmers in 2020.

Ringing the Bell for Financial Literacy

A defining moment for the Exchange in 2020 was ringing the bell with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to promote investors’ education and protection in Nigeria. This was a firm commitment by the two parties to make financial literacy of the commodities exchange market a top priority. We believe in building a strong commodities ecosystem that leaves no one behind and AFEX is intensifying efforts towards that through a robust education campaign that includes training, webinars, digitally learning materials amongst others.

AGRF 2020 Panel Session

With COVID-19 hitting the world and forcing the country into a lockdown, we switched easily to Work From Home (WFH) and WEBINARS became the new normal. Which meant that our knowledge sharing in various capacities intensified through online platforms. One of our favourite engagements was the panel we hosted alongside SAFIN and AGRA for the 2020 AGRF Virtual Summit. We brought together a brilliant and experienced panel to talk on the topic of “Unlocking Sustainable Financing for Africa’s Food Systems through SMEs”.

AFEX Special Reports

Also in line with our goal to share knowledge and data on the commodities market, we released some special reports during the year including COVID-19 and Commodities: Impact, Outlook and Recommendations, The Kaduna State in Focus Report and Commodity Focus on Maize: the Goldmine of Feedgrains.

Apps Africa Award

In less than a year from its launch date, ComX was awarded the AppsAfrica Award in the Agritech & FoodTech category.

Cocoa Nation!

In 2020, we accelerated actions to revitalize cocoa production in the western regions in Nigeria. This is a long-term effort to engage the farmers in a sustainable farming approach that boost cocoa production and improve their living standards. We are excited to announce that we met our projection of aggregating 10 times the volume of cocoa set out at the beginning of the year

FETC Launch

Following the launch of an updated version of ComX, we launched the first Exchange Traded Commodity (ETC) product listed on an Exchange in Nigeria — the Fair Trade ETC.

Happy New Year!

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