Equity Bank enters Rwanda with promise of digital solutions
BUSINESS| Feb. 17, 2012, 2:14 p.m.
Equity Bank has officially launched in Rwanda, bringing a promise of technologically innovative solutions.
Rwandan President Paul Kagame met with a delegation from the Equity Bank Group led by Peter Munga, the Group Chairman who paid him a courtesy call to mark the bank’s official launch in the country.
Dr. James Mwangi, the Group Managing Director and CEO said after the meeting: “We came here to brief the President on the progress of Equity Bank since we opened our doors late last year. We have been able to open 30,000 accounts, opened 7 branches and we about to open three more. We intend to be a very technologically innovative bank, partnering with Saccos and cooperatives so as to take financial services to the rural areas. In urban centers we will focus on micro and small enterprises and at the same time looking at cooperates and long time investments.”
The Governor of the Central Bank, Claver Gatete, said: “Equity Bank is coming in to add value to Rwanda’s financial services by bringing in unique technology in the banking system whereby you combine the classical banking and technology to link up the bank and all stakeholders, regardless of where they are, using all available tools. Another thing is that Equity Bank lends across the board to big companies, SMEs and micro. With this kind of technology, there will no longer be need to handle cash, and this will mean more cash in the banks to lend out.”
Equity Bank Group has a total value base of USD2 billion and has branches in Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Equity Bank is currently the 3rd largest company listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange and is also cross listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange.
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