International Banking Group Standard Chartered has reaffirmed its commitment to Ghana.
The Bank’s Group Chairman, José Viñals, was in Ghana for a two-day business visit and reiterated the Group’s continued dedication to doing business in Ghana.
He made this known during a courtesy call on President Akufo-Addo at Jubilee House, Accra.
Mr. Viñals shared that the country continues to be a key market for Standard Chartered and will continue to receive positive attention and investment from the Group. He opined that there remain varied opportunities and prospects in Ghana, and the bank will continue supporting the country to drive business and economic growth.
Mr. Viñals was accompanied by Senior Executives of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC, including Board Chairman, Ebenezer Asante; Chief Executive, Mansa Nettey; and Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Asiedua Addae.
Cementing his assertion on this commitment, Mr. Viñals stressed that his visit is the first to an African country post-Covid and demonstrates “a reconfirmation of support and a vote of confidence in Ghana’s future”.
During his meeting with the president, Mr. Viñals said: “We see great opportunity in the country; opportunities from Digitisation to Sustainability”.
He added: “We continue to invest, and have been making investments to launch a platform for financing micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises – which I think can be quite transformational”.
Commenting on Ghana’s recent economic challenges, he asserted: “We are confident that by working hard and in a joint manner between government and the private sector, Ghana will be out of this situation and embark on the growth path it had before COVID-19 and other crises that hit the country, the region and the world”.
On his part, President Akufo-Addo commended the bank on its significant service to the country. “A bank like yours – that has had a lot of experience around the world in providing the products which enable private sector operators to work – is a bank whose contribution and association we value very much. We are happy to have you here on board”.
During his visit, José Viñals met with regulators and also engaged clients along with key stakeholders at an economic roundtable, and held varied sessions with the bank’s staff.