Stanbic IBTC Bank, Google to drive digital inclusion
The Stanbic IBTC Bank, a member of Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc. and technology company, Google, agreed to help youth and operators in the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) sector in Nigeria acquire digital skills for economic advancement.
The partnership would also address key challenges that SMEs faced in growing their businesses.
Participants would be trained on the benefits, skills and value of digital marketing.
The training session was scheduled to start in Lagos and Kaduna on July 19, 2016, and will subsequently hold in seven other states across the country.
The initiative aimed to digitally empower about 1,000 SMEs in one year.
The Head, SME Banking, Stanbic IBTC Bank, Obinnia Ukachukwu, stated that as effort to diversify Nigeria’s economy returned to the front burner, it became imperative to highlight the role of digital technology on empowering the youth and stimulating growth of SMEs.
The Head of Digital Education, Google Africa, Bunmi Banjo, said: “We’re happy to be collaborating with Stanbic IBTC Bank to provide free digital trainings to local entrepreneurs. With over 97million online subscribers, Nigeria continues to be one of the highest online populations in the world. And this presents big opportunities for the small and medium business sector.”
The collaboration also entailed further training on general digital skills for proprietors of SMEs between 18 and 35 years of age.