18 July 2016
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Ecobank and Bank of Industry Join Forces to Drive Financial Inclusion in Nigeria

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Ecobank  Transnational  Incorporated  parent  company  of  the  Ecobank  Group,  its Nigerian  subsidiary  Ecobank  Nigeria and  Bank  of  Industry  Limited yesterday  signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate  in deepening financial  services delivery to  micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria .  The  partnership has the  potential  of  bringing  millions  of the  unbanked in  Nigeria into  the  mainstream  financial  system .

Ecobank  Nigeria  is  a  key  partner  in the implementation of Bank of Industry’s financial  inclusion  programmes  for  poverty  alleviation,  wealth  creation,  enterprise  promotion,  employment generation and other related objectives. Supporting the financially excluded has been a critical part of Ecobank’s strategy.  Ecobank  is a leading  microfinance  provider  in six African  countries , offer ing banking  services  to  all , including  unbanked  populations through its digital platform.  In May 2016 Ecobank ’s work in this area was recognised  with  the  award  for  Best  Bank  in  Financial  Inclusion  in  Africa  at  the  10 th edition  of  the  African  Banker Awards in Lusaka, Zambia.

Under  the  memorandum  of  understanding, Ecobank  Nigeria  will  deploy  its  extensive  distribution  network  nationwide  comprising  branches  and  an  array  of  digital  channels  including automated  teller  machines ,  - points  of  service and  agency  networks  across  Nigeria.  This  will  make  for  efficient  administration  of  Bank  of  Industry ’s various financial  inclusion initiatives  covering  loan disbursements, collections and monitoring.  To ensure  inclusion of  target beneficiaries  into the financial system , disbursement of funds will  include  digitised  transfers to  beneficiary  bank  accounts , including  simple  minimal  ‘ know your customer’ self - service  digital  accounts  or  e-wallets  linked  to  mobile  phones powered by Ecobank Mobile.

Patrick  Akinwuntan,  Group  Executive  for  Consumer  Banking  at  Ecobank  Transnational  Inc orporated .  said:  “We  are  delighted  to  partner  with  the  Bank  of  Industry ,  a key  development finance institution,  on financial inclusion in  Nigeria . Bringing all the unbanked in Africa into the mainstream financial system in an economically viable manner is the right thing to do. L everaging  our  unparalled  digital  platforms  across  Africa,  reduces  poverty  and ensures  the  economic and financial development of Africa, which is  the  vision of the  founders of Ecobank.

Charles   Kié ,  Managing  Director  of  Ecobank  Nigeria  said:  “ This  memorandum   of  understanding  provides the opportunity for deeper collaboration between the institutions  to  expand  access  to  financial  services  much  needed  by  micro,  small  and  medium  enterprises  to scale up their activities and to help drive growth and development  of the  Nigerian economy . ”

Waheed Olagunju, Acting Managing Director  of Bank of Industry said: “ We are  pleased to  partner with the Ecobank Group in facilitating  the delivery of suitable financial products  and services to the underserved and unbanked micro, small and medium enterprises in  Nigeria . This is in consonance with Bank of Industry’s developmental mandate of catalysing industrial development in Nigeria.  Given  that B ank of Industry currently serves the country  from 17  locations , and  in  order  to  efficiently  provide  effective  service  delivery  for  our current  and  potential customers as  well  as  create  jobs  and  wealth  for  the  citizenry , we shall leverage Ecobank’s wide branch coverage in Nigeria and its efficient service delivery  drive .

” Mr.  Olagunju  said  the  relationship  w ould also  promote  intra - African  trade , as B ank  of  Industry customers exportable products could  leverage  Ecobank’s  presence in 33 African  countr ies , access ing the se market s and tak ing advantage of Ecobank’s robust electronic  payment /funds tran s fer platform . Ecobank  and Bank of Industry will  also co llaborate on  training and capacity building for  target  beneficiaries , which  is  a  critical  element  required  for  sustainable  empowerment  and inclusion  of  inform al sector players .

About Ecobank 

Incorporated in Lomé, Togo, in 1988 Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (‘ETI ’) the parent company of Ecobank is the leading independent pan - African banking group. It currently  has  a  presence  in  36  African  countries,  namely:  Angola,  Benin,  Burkina  Faso,  Burundi,  Cameroon,  Cape  Verde,  Central  African  Republic,  Chad,  Congo  (Brazzaville),  Congo  (Democratic  Republic),  Cote  d ’ Ivoire,  Equatorial  Guinea,  Ethiopia,  Gabon,  Gambia,  Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya , Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria,  Rwanda,  Sao  Tome  and  Principe,  Senegal,  Sierra  Leone,  South  Africa,  South  Sudan,  Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Group employs over 19,000 people in 40 different countries in over 1,200 branches and offices. Ecobank is a full - service bank  providing wholesale, retail, investment and transaction banking services and products to  governments,  financial  institutions,  multinationals,  international  organizations,  medium,  small  and  micro  business es  and  individuals.  Additional information on Ecobank can be found at ecobank.com. 

About Bank of Industry

The  Bank  of  Industry  (BOI)  that  was  incorporated  in  1959  as  ICON  Limited  and  reconstructed  into  the  Nigerian  Industrial  Development  Bank  (NIDB)  in  1964  and  restructured  into  BOI in  2001,  is Nigeria’s oldest and most  successful  Development  Finance Institution.  Due to its sustained impressive performance over the past 57 years, the Bank of Industry has been rated AA+ by FITCH, Ba3 by Moody’s and A+ by Agusto & Co of Nigeria.  As  Nigeria’s  premier  Development  Finance  Institution,  BOI  has  consistently, efficiently and effectively intervened in sectors of the Nigerian economy  that  market - based  financial  institutions  would  not. In recent  times,  it  has  rapidly  expanded  its  risk  assets  without  compromising  quality  such  that  the  ratio  of  its  non - performing  loans  is  currently  3.8%  which  is  one  of  the  lowest  in  Nigeria’s banking industry. In line with BOI’s commodity - based industrialization strategy that emphasizes  adding value to Nigeria’s vast agricultural, solid minerals and petroleum resources, the  thousands of Micro, Small, Medium and Large enterprises that BOI has assisted across  the  country  have  had  such  far reaching multiplier  effects  on  the  Nigerian  economy  such    as    job    creation    and    resultant    wealth    creation,    as    well    as    poverty  alleviation. Because  many  of  the  assisted  projects  are  also  import  substitution  and  export - based, BOI’s esteemed customers have contributed significantly to efforts at  attaining   national   self - reliance   through   backward   integration   and   economic  diversification,  all  of  which  positively  impact the  contribution  of  the  manufacturing  sector to Nigeria’s Gross National Product.

Media Contact Ecobank

Austen Osokpor

aosokpor@ecobank.com

+234 (0) 802 387 7699

Bank of Industry

Hadiza Olaosebikan

holaosebikan @boi.ng

+234-1-277 5089

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