Rwanda : Bank of Kigali honoured during African Banker Awards
Africa’s Top Bankers gathered in Arusha, Tanzania on June, 6th, 2012 to celebrate the 6th edition of the African Banker Awards, under the patronage of the African Development Bank has exclusively honoured Bank of Kigali due to its high performance in the region.
Among those who attended this prestigious pan African event, which for the first time was held under marquees on an open field in the shadow of two of Africa’s most magnificent mountains, Mt. Kilimanjo and Mt. Meru were the Ministers of Finance of Djibouti, Guinea, Rwanda, Senegal, as well as a number of central bank governors and high profile bank CEOs.
During the event, the Best Regional Bank winners from each of the five regions of Africa were awarded and Bank of Kigali (Rwanda) was recognized the best performing Bank in East Africa followed by Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco for North Africa; BGFI, Gabon for Central Africa; Access Bank, Nigeria for West Africa; and BCI, Mozambique for Southern Africa- thus highlighting Africa’s diversity but strength as one continent.
As the 450 guests enjoyed their dinner, the African Banker associate publisher Omar ben Yedder said, “We have recognized some superb individuals and institutions tonight. Africa’s financial sector is a major vehicle for driving the economic growth that has become the talk of the investor community around the world. We have honoured individuals who are prepared to take the bull by the horn, to carry out well thought out visions and who have raised the bar and in some cases taken difficult decisions to deliver on their agenda. Good examples are the Central Bank Governor of Tunisia and the Finance Minister of Guinea. The winners this year represent a good mix between francophone and Anglophone Africa, big and small countries. They reflect the achievements in banking and finance all over Africa.”
Ecobank CEO, Arnold Ekpe, was regarded as a living legend among the continent’s bankers and was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the founder and chairman of IC Publications, (publisher of African Banker), Afif Ben Yedder. Ekpe was given a standing ovation. Ecobank had more reason to celebrate the evening, when the Togo based African multinational beat a very strong challenge to emerge as the Bank of the Year.
The African Banker Awards are organized by African Banker magazine, IC Events and Business in Africa Events. It is a landmark event that celebrates excellence and best practices in African banking and finance. Mediterranean Smart Cards Company (MSCC) is the Platinum sponsor for this year’s African Banker Awards.
(Source- African press organization)