BEST INTERNET BANKS IN MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA 2009
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NEW YORK, July 21, 2009 — Global Finance has announced the First Round winners in the “World’s Best Internet Banks” competition in the Middle East and Africa. This is the 10th year Global Finance has named the World’s Best Internet Banks. Details on all First Round winners will be published in the September issue. First Round winners include Best Corporate/Institutional Internet Banks and Best Consumer Internet Banks at the country level. The Regional and Global winners for these categories will be announced at an Awards Ceremony in New York City in November and published in the December issue of Global Finance. Also announced were Regional winners in Sub-Categories. Global winners in the Sub-Categories will also be announced at the Awards Ceremony and in the December issue. The list of First Round winners follows.


 

Winners were chosen among entries evaluated by a world-class judging panel. Global Finance editors were responsible for the final selection of winners in the First Round.

 

Only banks that entered the competition were considered for awards, and awards were only given in those regions, countries and categories in which there were entries.

 

Winning banks were selected based on the following criteria: strength of strategy for attracting and servicing online customers, success in getting clients to use web offerings, growth of online
customers, breadth of product offerings, evidence of tangible benefits gained from Internet initiatives, and web site design and functionality. Category winners, such as “best online cash
management” were selected based on the relative strength and success of those web products and services.

 

“In less than a decade, the Internet has transformed the way many consumers and most businesses bank,” says Joseph D. Giarraputo, publisher of Global Finance. “The continuing improvements in Internet offerings represented by this year’s entries show that more significant Internet banking developments are still ahead of us.”

 

See following for full listing of the World’s Best Internet Banks First Round winners for 2009 in the Middle East and Africa:

 

 

Country Winners:

Best Consumer Internet Banks

 
Egypt
HSBC
Israel
Bank Hapoalim
Jordan
Arab Bank
Oman
Bank Muscat
Qatar
Mashreq Bank
Saudi Arabia
The Saudi British Bank (SABB)
United Arab Emirates
Citi

 


 

Country Winners:

Best Corporate/Institutional Internet Banks

 
Algeria
Citi
Bahrain
Citi
Botswana
Standard Chartered
Cameroon
Citi
Congo
Citi
Cote D’Ivoire Citi
Egypt
Citi
Gabon
Citi
Ghana
Standard Chartered
Israel
Bank Hapoalim
Jordan
Standard Chartered
Kenya
Citi
Kuwait
Citi
Lebanon
Citi
Morocco
Citi
Nigeria
Citi
Qatar
Standard Chartered
Saudi Arabia Samba Financial Group
Senegal
Citi
Sierra Leone
Standard Chartered
South Africa
Citi
Tanzania
Citi
Tunisia
Citi
United Arab Emirates
HSBC
Uganda
Citi
Zambia
Citi
Zimbabwe
Standard Chartered

 

 

 

 

Regional Sub-Category Winners:

Best Consumer Internet Banks

 
Best Investment Management Services
Bank Hapoalim
Best Bill Payment & Presentment Mashreq Bank
Best Online Consumer Credit Site The Saudi British Bank (SABB)
Best Web Site Design Bank Hapoalim
Best Integrated Consumer Bank Site Samba Financial Group
Best Information Security Initiatives HSBC
Best Online Deposits Acquisition HSBC




Regional Sub-Category Winners:

Best Corporate/Institutional Internet Banks

 
Best Investment Management Services
Citi
Best Online Cash Management Citi
Best Trade Finance Services Standard Chartered
Best Web Site Design Citi
Best Integrated Corporate Bank Site Samba Financial Group
Best Information Security Initiatives HSBC