CIB CEO meets stakeholders in Ashanti Region

Robert Dzato is CEO-Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB), Ghana
  • Institute marks 60th anniversary this year
  • Set to launch new curriculum with focus on ethics

Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (CIB), Robert Dzato, has paid a working visit to some of its stakeholders in the Ashanti Regional capital Kumasi.

His visit was part of activities to mark CIB’s 60th anniversary celebrations and sensitise stakeholders on new developments at the institute; and also to assure stakeholders of the institute’s commitment to supporting the banking industry’s sustainability through human capital development and financial inclusion.

Mr. Dzato as part of the visit held a series of meetings with the Banking and Finance faculties of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology as well as Kumasi Technical University. He also spoke at the CEO’s Forum for Rural and Community Banks (RCB) in Kumasi, on the need to encourage their staff to acquire requisite training and knowledge to become Chartered Bankers.

In a media interaction ahead of the stakeholder engagement, Mr. Dzato noted that his visit was meant to promote and regulate the country’s practice of the banking profession. He then hinted of a new curriculum that will be launched soon to give people an opportunity to become chartered bankers even without banking qualifications, including level 300 students of the various universities.

“The 60-year anniversary has come at a time when the Institute is preparing to launch our New Curriculum. The new curriculum has been designed to meet changing trends in the banking industry, and also position Chartered Bankers to be future-ready.

“The Institute has also designed an Executive Route as a flexible and accelerated Associate Chartered Banker (ACIB) programme. This is designed for experienced banking professionals who wish to earn Chartered Banker status and become members of Chartered Institute of Bankers, Ghana.  The Executive route is targetted at banking practitioners in the Executive levels of Financial Institutions.

“We are also launching our best and brightest programme targetted at very bright students reading banking and finance across our top universities; and there are people who get conditional exemptions for the institutes programme, then they can start writing the exams even before they graduate. And when they graduate, they get the exemptions and pursue a programme to become chartered bankers,” Mr. Dzato said.

He explained these initiatives by CIB Ghana are geared toward re-professionalising the banking sector to ensure its ethics are abided by. “So, in all, we are on a journey to re-professionalise banking – and that is putting ethics and professionalism at the heart and centre of what we do as an institute. We think that as a country we need people who are ethical in decision-making.”

The Institute in the coming days will be launching several events to commemorate its 60th anniversary celebration. Most importantly, to showcase how the Institute will continue to support the financial services industry, a mandate it has been performing since 1963.

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