Management of the B&FT, led by its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Godwin Acquaye, has paid a courtesy call on the Republic Bank to, among other things, formally congratulate its new Managing Director, Benjamin Dzoboku, on his assumption of office.
Also present during the meeting were the B&FT’s Director of Research, Dr. Daniel Amateye, and Projects and Communication Specialist, Ewurama Greenslade, as well as Republic Bank’s Communications and Marketing Manager, Genevieve Aboney.
The visit also affords both institutions an opportunity to appraise their working relationship which spans over two decades, as well as deliberate on areas for further collaboration.
Dr. Acquaye stated that the B&FT has monitored Mr. Dzoboku’s progress through the financial services provider’s ranks, and expressed the belief that his ascension to the institution’s apex office bodes well not only for Republic Bank but also the nation’s economic fortunes.
“We are all witnesses to the good work done by the bank’s former Head, Mr. Antar Farid, and the new MD’s track-record within the bank and his admirable standing among his peers gives us the confidence that, together with his team, he will build upon the recent gains the bank has made,” the B&FT’s CEO said – citing the performance of Republic Bank in the last financial year, when it paid dividends to shareholders amid tight economic conditions; following a stellar year as post-tax profit hit GH¢81.7million, a 59 percent rise over the previous year.
The seasoned banker, on the other hand, commended the B&FT for its commitment to data-driven, fact-based financial information reporting. He said the B&FT’s stance has gained added importance at a time when the information landscape is saturated with a lot of inaccuracies.
“The B&FT continues to remain a breath of fresh air and a standard-bearer for financial news in the country, and I dare say the world. We have seen the impact it drives, and we have maintained our mutually-beneficial union because the publication has not sacrificed quality, and that aligns with our philosophy,” Mr. Dzokobu stated.
He also assured that the bank will continue to evolve through the current economic cycle, by doubling down on areas where it has competitive advantage while judiciously venturing into new areas.
“We are on the road to consolidating our gains in our core areas, and we will be bringing in fresh ideas as well.”
Ghana Economic Forum
Republic Bank was full of praise for the impact of B&FT’s agenda-setting events, particularly singling out the publication’s flagship Ghana Economic Forum (GEF) as a critical vehicle for defining domestic policy.
This year’s iteration, Dr. Amateye stated, will build upon the impact of previous editions as it will focus on a medium-term reset of the local economy in the light of recent domestic and international developments.
“We have an elaborate catalogue of events scheduled for fourth-quarter of the year. It will kick off with our Energy Summit, which has already garnered tremendous attention with stakeholders across the continent stating their intention to participate. Then the GEF, which will set the tone for sincere deliberations around national development,” he added.