First National Bank of New England, a unit of First International Bancorp, has appointed a Ghana-based agent to help develop business in Africa.

The bank offers working capital, medium-term financing, mortgage financing, permanent working capital, and equipment loans to small and midsize companies, typically with sales of less than $50 million. It recently completed five export-related transactions with African companies and hopes to do more, said James G. Fortsch, executive vice president.

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