Lawrence Agyinsam in March 2017 assumed office as the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Export Import Bank with over 20 years’ experience in Banking, Finance and Investment Management. He oversees the execution of the Bank’s mandate as per the Ghana Export Import Act 911, 2016.
This embodies effective collaboration with Export Credit Agencies and EXIM Banks across the globe for SME and industry development, capacity building, strategy development, export promotion, and reduction of Ghana’s Import bill in specific sectors.
Lawrence is responsible for developing strategies for the realisation of the Bank’s 5 year strategic goals (2017-2022) of transforming Ghana into an export led economy , increasing Non Traditional Export to USD5bn from its current average of USD2.4bn, the development of specific crops into major export ones, reduction of the nation’s bill by USD300m as regards Import Substitution, and effective collaboration with agencies (such as Ministries of Trade and Industry, Finance and the Ghana Export Promotion Authority) to support the Ghanaian exporter’s capacity/competitiveness.
The CEO drives the Bank’s strategy for the implementation of the Government’s flagship ‘One District One Factory’ Initiative for employment creation and socio-economic development.
His personal vision is to benchmark the Bank’s Risk Management framework internationally, to ensure that the Bank remains profitable and sustainable, ensure the setup of 110 export related industries across the country, support the reduction of the national import bill of poultry and pharmaceutical products, and that the entity becomes a strong vehicle for transformation of the economy and employment creation.
The Chief Executive Officer is assisted by 2 Deputy Chief Executive Officers with responsibility for Banking and Finance/Administration respectively in carrying out his functions.
Prior to joining the Bank, he was the CEO of Broadview Group (consisting of the Broadview Trust, Broadview Capital and Broadview Consult. Before then Lawrence also held senior/executive management positions at the Bank of Africa and UBA Ghana as Head of Retail and Corporate Banking, General Manager-Business Development respectively.
Lawrence’s experience in financial management follows stints at Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) as an Information Analyst and Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) as a Budget Management Specialist, covering a number of Anglophone program countries.
He holds an MBA in Finance from the Leicester University, United Kingdom. He is a certified lead trainer and motivational speaker.