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AITEC holds Banking and Mobile Money Conference
Posted on: 10-Jul-2013         Source: GNA
About 300 delegates are expected to attend the sixth annual Banking and Money Mobile conference and exhibition in Accra from Wednesday, July 10 to Thursday July 11.

The two-day event is being organized by AITEC Africa for the banking, telecommunications sectors and information security strategists to share ideas and experience on their operations.

More than 40 local and international speakers would be sharing their knowledge at the conference on the theme: “Banking Innovation for Financial Inclusion and Services Excellence”.

Mr Sean Moroney, Chairman, AITEC Africa, briefing the media on Tuesday, said the conference was designed to help the financial services sector to meet challenges facing the sector.

This would enable participants to deliver creative innovative services and achieve the traditional banking goals of serving the economy and to stimulate growth.

Mr Moroney said Ghana’s ‘ecospheres’ remained as fluid and uncertain as ever and majority of its populace still remained unbanked.

“The challenges faced by the banking sector and other financial institutions in achieving national objectives of financial inclusions are enormous and this conference will find innovative ways to address them,” he added..

Mr Moroney said the choice of the theme was to challenge stakeholders in the financial services sector to take the gains of the past year to a new level of excellence in performance, service and financial returns.

Mr Owureku Asare, Regional Manager, Cards and Electronic Banking, Ghana and West Africa Monetary Zone of Ecobank, stated that financial inclusion would provide easy access to banking solutions to the unbanked that hitherto could not access banking.

He said the Ecobank Group was currently rolling out that concept within itself to provide easy and accessible financial services across a wider geographical coverage, and would be a key tool in the development of businesses in the country.

“This exciting move will provide a secure platform for customers to pay their bills, purchase goods, purchase airtime, transfer money and even deposit money to their bank accounts from any location without the hassle of coming to the bank”, Mr Asare said.

Mr George Mensah-Asante, Executive Director, Domestic Bank, Ghana and West Africa Monetary Zone of Ecobank, also emphasized the bank’s commitment to deploy alternative channels as part of the financial inclusion strategy to bring banking to the people.

He announced that the bank invested in an unparalleled network across Africa to bring convenient and affordable banking services to all.

Tunde Coker, Managing Director of EMP West Africa, Nigeria, said financial inclusion was important to transform the ecosystem on the continent.

He stated that the conference would offer participants a great opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences as well as create market in the country and urged all stakeholders to visit all the stands to achieve maximum benefit.

Rabih Abou Jaoude, Sales Manager, Middle East and Africa for Databank Group, stressed the need to create the necessary platforms to increase people’s confidence level in the system.

He said the system was working well in other countries like Kenya, and expressed the hope that if peoples’ confidence level was increased it would work perfectly in this part of the continent.

Aitec Africa's core business since 1987 has been focused on ICT publishing, event management, professional development and training in Africa.

It has been a market-leading pioneer in terms of spreading knowledge on the Internet, computing and telecommunications across most of English-speaking Africa.