Ac­cess Bank bags women mar­ket cham­pion award

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Mo­hammed Shosanya, La­gos

Ac­cess Bank Plc has re­ceived the Global Bank­ing Al­liance for Women Mar­ket Cham­pion 2015 Award.

The bank ex­plained in a re­lease that the award seeks to rec­og­nize and celebrate Nige­rian women, home and in the Di­as­pora who have im­pacted on the Nige­rian econ­omy and their im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ment pos­i­tively.

Dur­ing the just con­cluded 14th an­nual sum­mit of the Global Bank­ing Al­liance (GBA) for Women in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Ac­cess Bank bagged the award for the Women’s Mar­ket Cham­pion 2015, along­side banks across the world that have im­ple­mented suc­cess­ful mar­ket pro­grammes.

This award is com­ing on the heels of the one year an­niver­sary of the bank’s W ini­tia­tive which was launched in Nige­ria and sub­se­quently in the bank’s sub­sidiaries in Ghana, Rwanda and Zam­bia. W is the home for ev­ery­thing Ac­cess Bank of­fers to women.

The Global Bank­ing Al­liance for Women is the lead­ing in­ter­na­tional con­sor­tium of fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions and other or­ga­ni­za­tions in­ter­ested in build­ing women’s wealth world­wide. GBA mem­ber in­sti­tu­tions work in 135 coun­tries to build in­no­va­tive, com­pre­hen­sive pro­grammes that

women pro­vide women en­trepreneurs with vi­tal ac­cess to cap­i­tal, mar­kets, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing. With the pres­ence of bankers, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, mul­ti­lat­eral and bi­lat­eral rep­re­sen­ta­tives, aca­demics, and other stake­hold­ers, the GBA sum­mit is the sem­i­nal and most com­pre­hen­sive event for women’s fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion in the world.

The Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of GBA, Inez Mur­ray, who pre­sented the award to Ope Wemi-Jones, Group Head, In­clu­sive Bank­ing, Ac­cess Bank Plc, com­mended the women pro­gramme at Ac­cess Bank and re­it­er­ated that the sum­mit was de­signed to deepen the shar­ing of know-how among GBA mem­ber banks, as well as cre­ate the op­por­tu­nity to net­work and sup­port one another as a com­mu­nity of prac­ti­tion­ers.

On another note, nom­i­na­tions are on­go­ing for the four W Awards cat­e­gories. The awards cat­e­gories were drawn from the car­di­nal prin­ci­ples of the Bank’s W Ini­tia­tive.

The first cat­e­gory is the ‘W En­tre­pre­neur’ of the Year (W in Busi­ness) Award. This award rec­og­nizes a fe­male en­tre­pre­neur who has shown im­mense growth in her busi­ness. Ac­cord­ingly, she must be fully en­gaged and ac­tive in the day-to-day run­ning and de­ci­sion mak­ing in the busi­ness.

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