AI will power 85% of banking interactions by 2020 – FBNBank MD

The Managing Director of FBNBank Ghana, Victor Yaw Asante, has reiterated the need for banks and fintechs to collaborate in helping promote effective customer interactions and a cashless economy.

He said that by 2020, 85% of client interaction will be done without human involvement; which will also lead more banks to adopt chat-bots in the same year.

“So, basically, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will become a huge part of us. We will be using it to navigate customer services. Bankers must be able to tap into this by also collaborating more with Fintechs. Collaboration is necessary in the digitisation agenda. Banks are looking at integrating with others, and we need to make sure we are interconnected to other players whereby customers can move their cash from the bank’s platform to other fintechs around, and not necessarily in the area of banking,” said Mr. Asante

He made this statement during a two-day Digital Banking Summit organised by the International Centre for Strategic Alliances (ICSA), with First Bank Nigeria as Official Banking Partner.

The summit, on the theme‘Digitisation of Banking Sector – En Route to a Cashless Africa’, was aimed at outlining challenges and opportunities within the banking industry with a focus on global trends of disruption in the banking sector.

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Speaking on the theme, Mr. Victor Asante noted that to be able to drive a cashless economy in Africa, it is very important to encourage customer-feedback while embracing other sectors.

He said: “Digital banking is about financial inclusion. It is not up to banks to just do stuff at their own pace, because it has become client-centric; the clients have the power to push for change. So, there is a need for us as banks to come up with new strategies, identify what these clients need, bring up innovation and creatively come up with means of making banking and financial services easier”.

The Summit brought together Banking, Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI) business executives from seventeen countries across the globe, to discuss cutting-edge digital solutions and develop a robust digital banking ecology under its theme.

Other panel discussions during the 2-day event also centred on the open banking revolution; block-chain as a tool for security and collaboration; the role of Artificial Intelligence; the opportunities and challenges of digital transformation on Islamic Fintech; and the next step for mobile payments.

Sponsors for this year’s Digital Banking Summit included Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) as knowledge partner; MasterCard as lead sponsor; as well as Temenos, BlueCode, Inlaks, Comviva, NetInfo, The Agile Advisor Africa, KuBitX and Customer Focused Solutions.

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