FirstBank partners Katsina to drive discourse on sustainable development
Consistent with its thought leadership stance and commitment to drive sustainable national economic development, Nigeria's premier bank and most valuable banking brand First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has partnered the Katsina State Government in hosting the Katsina Economic Investment Summit with the theme: “Unlocking Investment Potentials for Sustainable Development”
This summit scheduled to hold from May 09 – 11 2016 will showcase the rich opportunities that abounds in the state to both indigenous and international investors. The Summit which will focus on five priority areas namely: Agriculture, Solid Minerals, Power (Solar Energy), Property Development and Hospitality is aimed at revitalizing the private sector to enhance the much needed job creation that will employ the teaming youth and is organised to drive consciousness and build a consensus on what is urgently required to rebuild, revamp and reinforce public-private collaboration for an all-inclusive economic growth.
“FirstBank supports initiatives that create opportunities for the advancement of inclusive and sustainable growth” said Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, MD/CEO of First Bank of Nigeria Limited and Subsidiaries. ‘We will continue to drive the discourse on how best to achieve competitiveness and inclusive growth through measurable outcomes which are crucial in defining the agenda that will help make Nigeria’s socio-economic environment a globally competitive one’ he added.
His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to flag off the three-day Katsina State Economic and Investment Summit. The event will have technical and breakout sessions to be chaired by notable personnel like the Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emefiele, Ahmed Tinubu, and the President of ECOWAS Investment Bank among others. The Executive Director, Public Sector, Mr. Dauda Lawal is also expected to lead the FirstBank delegation at the event.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited, a subsidiary of FBN Holdings Plc, is Nigeria’s leading financial services institution by total assets and gross earnings and one of the largest corporate and retail banking financial institutions in sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Since its establishment in 1894, the Bank has consistently built relationships with customers focusing on fundamentals of good corporate governance, strong liquidity, risk management and strong capitalization.
FirstBank operates an extensive distribution network with over 750 business locations (623 branches, 61 quick service points and 69 cash centers/agencies), over 2,600 ATM’s and over 10 million customer accounts. The Bank provides a comprehensive range of financial services and has international presence through its subsidiaries, FBN Bank (UK) Limited in London and Paris, FBNBank DR Congo, FBNBank Ghana, FBNBank Gambia, FBNBank Guinea, FBNBank Sierra-Leone and FBNBank Senegal as well as its Representative Offices in Johannesburg, Beijing and Abu Dhabi.
FirstBank is the recipient of many awards. The Bank has been named “The Best Bank Brand in Nigeria” five times in a row – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 – by the globally renowned “The Banker Magazine” of the Financial Times Group. FirstBank’s brand purpose is to always put its stakeholders, customers and partners at the heart of its business, even as it is poised to standardize customer experience and excellence in financial solutions across Sub Saharan Africa, in consonance with its brand vision “To be the partner of first choice in building your future”. The brand promise is to always deliver the ultimate “gold standard” of value and excellence. This commitment is anchored on the FirstBank’s inherent values of passion, partnership and people, to position its customers first in every respect.
For three consecutive years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, FirstBank was named the “Best Retail Bank in Nigeria” by the Asian Banker International Excellence in Retail Financial Services Awards. Other recent awards include the “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the Euromoney Awards for Excellence, “Best Bank in West Africa” and “Most Innovative Bank in Africa” in the African Banker Awards, “Best Bank in Nigeria” in the EMEA Finance African Banking Awards for the fourth time, “Best Foreign Exchange Services in Africa” in the EMEA Finance Treasury Services Awards, “Best Banking Group in Nigeria” by World Finance Banking Awards, and “Best Financial Reporting Company” by Africa Investor.
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