Standard Bank Supports CNBM with $31.6 Million in Sustainable Funding

Standard Bank, Africa’s largest bank by assets, has formed a ground-breaking partnership with China National Building Materials International (CNBM) to expand the distribution of solar and energy solutions in South Africa, with the goal of addressing the region’s critical energy challenges.

In order to tackle the ongoing energy crisis and promote sustainable development, Standard Bank has announced a comprehensive financial package for CNBM. This effort consists of an R500-million ($26.4 million) invoice finance facility and a R100-million ($5.3 million) working capital facility.

The initiative not only demonstrates Standard Bank’s commitment to assisting South Africa’s renewable energy transformation, but it also aims to mitigate the negative effects of load shedding on businesses and households.

Standard Bank’s latest financing arrangement with China National Building Material Group Corp. (CNBM) is consistent with the lender’s 2022 climate strategy, which seeks to accelerate sustainable finance mobilization and unlock Africa’s economic growth potential.

Lydia Zhang, Standard Bank’s executive head of China, South Africa, and core markets, underscored the bank’s commitment to sustainable development on the continent. “This significant milestone underscores our dedication to fostering sustainable social and economic progress in Africa,” Zhang said in a statement.

Msawenkosi Hlanti, executive head of trade sales and transaction banking at Standard Bank South Africa, emphasized the bank’s competence in providing client-tailored solutions that support growth objectives while also contributing to South Africa’s socioeconomic development.

Xian Ping Qian, managing director of CNBM South Africa, expressed excitement about the partnership’s potential to accelerate South Africa’s transition to renewable energy and drive sustainable growth.

With a presence in 20 African markets, Standard Bank is emerging as a crucial player in the continent’s transition away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.

Since 2017, Tshabalala has led Standard Bank Group to a significant improvement in financial performance. The bank’s latest annual report shows a 27% increase in headline earnings and a 20% increase in overall net income.

Tshabalala’s vision goes beyond the current targets. Standard Bank’s commitment to sustainable finance is on course to exceed its initial R250 billion ($15.6 billion) goal by 2026, demonstrating the bank’s ambition for Africa’s green transition.



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