Digital banking and customisation is rapidly expanding Awash Bank’s markets for banking services among Ethiopia’s SMEs and underbanked retail customers. Henock Tessema, Chief, Retail & SME Banking Officer, Awash Bank, Ethiopia, discusses how the bank’s strategy to foster entrepreneurship, close the SME financing gap, and bank the unbanked is supporting Ethiopia’s economic growth.
Since the financial crash of 2008, the changing economic environment has presented companies in all sectors with problems to overcome. Brexit, the Covid pandemic and war in Ukraine have exacerbated these problems. In such times, liquidity is vital. Orbian’s Supply Chain Finance solutions go far beyond those available elsewhere in the market and address the most pressing needs of corporations around the world.
COP 27 comes at a critical time. The world is facing immediate and significant challenges. Not only has the last seven years been the warmest on record, but the Russian-Ukraine War has created serious cereal and foodstuff shortages for numerous countries, including many in Africa, and the sharp rise in energy prices have impacted costs, people’s incomes, and growth. Geopolitical risk has focused more attention on climate change.
Palestine’s sustainable banking leader for 62 years, Bank of Palestine (BoP) represents the future of banking with high-impact sustainable finance initiatives, gender & financial inclusion, and digital innovation. Mahmoud Shawa, BoP’s CEO, discusses the bank’s strategic commitment to sustainability and its role supporting Palestine’s economic growth and climate change goals.
Bridge Bank Group Côte d’Ivoire (BBG CI) has emerged as a major player in the nation’s banking industry and a supportive financial partner to the region’s economically important SME sector. Ehouman Kassi, BBG CI’s CEO, discusses the bank’s new portfolio guarantee agreement with the African Guarantee Fund and expansion of its successful SME strategy.
Bahrain’s first local bank with expanding retail and corporate markets at home and in the GCC, National Bank of Bahrain (NBB) places ESG best practices at the core of its operations and strategy. Jean-Christophe Durand, CEO of NBB, discusses the bank’s sustainability leadership and how its commitment to responsible banking strengthens its market position and alignment with Bahrain’s future economic goals.