Afreximbank’s MANSA digital initiative achieves four ISO standards certifications


The Africa Export-Import Bank MANSA Digital Initiative, a Pan-African due diligence platform, has been awarded four ISO standards for the effective implementation of its Information Management Systems.

MANSA Digital Initiative is a pan-African customer due diligence platform created by Afreximbank to promote, expand and support both intra- and extra-African trade, with a special focus on value-added exports from Africa.

These four certifications recognize the successful implementation of Integrated Management Systems, encompassing: ISO/IEC 27001:2022 Information Security Management Systems (ISMS), ISO 22301:2019 Business Continuity Management Systems, ISO/IEC 20000–1:2018 Service Management System, and ISO 27701:2023 Privacy Information Management. MANSA Digital Initiative is the pioneering recipient of the PIMS certification among the four distinguished categories.

The ISO body granted the certification to MANSA Digital Initiative after it fully complied with all the criteria related to the International Standard for the Management of Information Security, ISO Business Continuity, Privacy Information Management System and Service Management. This recognition is attributed to MANSA Digital’s establishment of a core repository platform, serving as a centralized source for essential data needed in conducting customer due diligence on African Entities, Financial Institutions, Corporations, and SMEs.

Afreximbank President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Prof. Benedict Oramah said: “The MANSA Digital Initiative is the answer to some of the challenges hindering trade growth in Africa, particularly, our correspondent banking relationships, where a majority of international financial institutions withdrew due to inadequate data about African entities and the substantial cost of compliance. By achieving these standards, MANSA has established a robust foundation, positioning itself prominently as the ‘go-to’ platform for customer due diligence among African business entities on the continental stage.

The President noted that MANSA Digital Initiative and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) are working together to enhance intra-African trade and global trade connections. The partnership aims to eliminate information asymmetry, tackle the de-risking of African Financial Institutions, and dispel uninformed negative perceptions of conducting business with Africa, among other initiatives. With the recent introduction of the Africa Trade Gateway (ATG) by Afreximbank, which serves as a marketplace for the Bank’s Digital Business, including MANSA, it is anticipated that MANSA will receive increased recognition throughout Africa and beyond.

Founded in 2020, MANSA Digital Initiative is a pan-African customer due diligence repository for financial institutions, corporate entities and SMEs, developed to address the perceived risk of doing business in Africa and with Africans. Its key mission is to promote, expand and support both intra and extra-African trade, with a special focus on value-added exports from Africa.