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Access Bank adjudged best growing bank
Posted on: 02-Jul-2013         Source: thebftonline.com
At the recently held Ghana Banking Awards, Access Bank (Ghana) Limited was adjudged the Best Growing Bank in 2012.

The award was based on the Bank’s pace of integration, efficiency of balance sheet, industry ranking in profitability, and branch network.

The 2013 edition of the industry awards, which acknowledged winners in various categories for the year 2012, was under the theme “Promoting Ethics, Integrity and Compliance in the Financial Services Industry”.

Commenting on the award, Dolapo Ogundimu, Managing Director for Access Bank (Ghana) said: “We see this award as recognition of successfully implementing the integration and the potential that is embedded therein. The award is a morale-booster to the employees -- who are getting more confident by the day that, indeed, we can play at the very top of the Ghanaian Banking Industry.”

He adds, “We dedicate this award to our customers and other stakeholders. We thank them for their unflinching support and continued patronage. We are humbled and challenged to push the boundaries for service excellence and business sustainability in our quest to give greater value to the communities we serve.”

In 2011, Access Bank made its first entry into the Banking awards and was adjudged winner of two categories: Most Socially Responsible Bank and Best Bank in Agric, and 1st Runner Up in Best Bank in Financial Performance. This was in recognition of its strong commitment to deliver sustainable economic growth that is profitable, environmentally responsible and socially relevant.

Some industry watchers have opined that the Bank’s award as the “2012 Best Growing Bank” was indication of its potential in becoming an emerging force in the banking industry, adding that its recent financial performance coupled with initiatives of promoting responsible business practice is testament to its capacity for sustainable growth and industry leadership in the coming years.

Access Bank (Ghana) Limited is a member of the Access Bank Group, an emerging global financial services institution ranked amongst the top-15 banks in Africa by assets and capital. The Bank’s leadership position on the African financial services landscape was recently validated with recent upgrades of its ratings by reputable international and domestic rating agencies: S&P (Standard and Poors), Fitch and Augusto & Co.

In Ghana, Access Bank has enjoyed what is arguably the most successful banking growth trajectory in the last four years, with consistent performance across key financial indicators. Having started operations as the most capitalised bank in Ghana in 2009, the Bank recorded an industry hallmark with profit within the first full year of operations. Its recent merger and successful integration with “IBG” has created enormous synergies which have resulted in expanded network, stronger retail franchise and a bouquet of innovative and technology-driven banking products.

Access Bank Ghana leverages on its international network within the Access Bank Group, which is made up of nine (9) African markets (Burundi, Cote D’Ivoire, Congo DR, Ghana, Gambia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zambia) spanning sub-Saharan Africa’s three monetary zones and the United Kingdom.

With its global footprint, the Bank is able to showcase its expertise in Treasury, Trade Finance, Cash Management and Technology-driven banking solutions.