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Standard BankÆs structured finance trade head is excited about Africa

Standard BankÆs new head of structured trade finance for Asia, Tee Chong Ong, wants Asian trade customers to make the bank their first choice when it comes to Africa.

Right or wrong, everyone draws the conclusion that this is the decade of China rising, said Tee Chong Ong, Standard Bank's new head of structured trade finance for Asia.

Whether or not we've entered a new Chinese era is debatable, what's not is the country's increased trade flows with Africa -- Standard Bank's niche. With anything that touches Africa, Standard Bank has a great advantage, said Ong, who plans to use that advantage to become the bank of choice in Asia when it comes to Africa.

The Singapore native joined Standard Bank in August after five years at Standard Chartered Bank. He is responsible for building and improving the South African institution's structured trade team...

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