Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has officially unveils Absa Bank Ghana Limited.
The vice president delivering an address on behalf of President Nana Akuffo Addo, was very grateful for Barclay’s Bank’s support in achieving the governments flagship programmes such as education , agriculture, technology and also aided in other programmes such as rural telephony expansion, Ghana Road fund financing, Getfund Syndicated facility, all meant for inclusive development.
The Absa Bank Ghana Ltd which was formerly Barclays Bank was unveiled on 10th February 2020.
The change is after the takeover of Barclay’s Bank by the Absa group in 2018.
Stating some highlights of Barclays Bank’s 103 years in Ghana, Vice President Bawumia applauded the bank for setting a high standard of banking in the country and partnering successive governments to achieve remarkable feats.
“You have made great contribution to the economic growth and development of this country. As a bank, you have played significant roles in our yearly cocoa syndication arrangement, the various Eurobonds and many other financing deals to generate funds for key government projects to serve the people of our beloved country.
“Indeed, you were at the forefront of the 2017 bold historic 2.25 billion dollars bond, which we raised to help support key development projects for Ghanaians. The deal, the largest in Sub-Saharan Africa, was instrumental in Government’s liability management strategy.
“In addition to the above, you are playing a leading role in the financing of various important development projects across the country” Vice President Bawumia disclosed.
“These and the many other support give us the confidence that Absa Bank’s commitment to Ghana is unchanging.”
He also called on the banking sector to do more for Small and Medium Entreprises (SME), who play a very huge role in the economy.
“One area of great concern for us as government is support to the Small and Medium-sized Scale Enterprises. The contribution of the SME sector to our economy is quite significant. It is for this reason that government continues to encourage private sector support for this segment.
“The President acknowledges the support the private sector and especially some of the financial institutions are giving to the SME sector, making us truly partners in development.”
To take further advantage of the benefits of technology and digitisation Ghana, Vice President Bawumia said, is reaching for a major frontier of financial inclusion.
“Thanks to the Bank of Ghana and Ghipps, Ghana will launch a Universal QR Code payments system next month. This will make it possible for all retailers to receive payments on their mobile phones without the need for Point of Sale device.
“Soon we will be buying ‘Kofi brokeman,’ paying for tro-tro services, paying rent and for stuff in the market with our QR Code. Singapore launched a QR Code system in 2018. Ghana will be about the only country in Africa with a QR Code system.
“It is our determination that Ghana will not be left behind in the 4th Industrial Revolution and our human resource development, our financial sector development should focus broadly on building an inclusive system that opens the landscape for innovation and deepening of both the public and private sector environment.”
Vice President Bawumia commended the board and management of Barclays for the smooth transition to a new brand name, saying “Ghana together with Absa Bank is making history. This year, 2020, is the dawn of a new decade and a new and refreshed beginning for Absa Bank Ghana Limited and we are proud to be part of this beginning.”
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