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Euromoney Excellence Awards: FirstBank Emerges Best Corporate Bank

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FirstBank, Nigeria’s premier financial institution and financial inclusion services provider, was announced as the Best Corporate Bank at the recent prestigious Euromoney Awards for Excellence, Nigeria 2023.

The Bank clinched the coveted award based on its 130-year commitment to enabling its corporate customers achieve success through relevant and tailored financial solutions. FirstBank’s continuous investment in technology has been crucial to its leading industry role in optimally meeting the needs of its corporate customers. Recent investments in technology include the development of its smart and interactive Transaction Banking Platform known as FirstDirect2.0.

FirstDirect2.0 provides a one-stop shop online banking platform for corporates, offering best-in-class capabilities such as Payments, Collections, and Account Services, and a locally focused phased implementation of Trade and Supply Chain Finance – a first for the Bank.

The platform offers customers various solutions for corporate cash management (Payments, Collections and Liquidity Management). It will also deliver end-to-end trade solutions for corporate clients covering L/C creation, tracking, bidding and reconciliations.

The Bank’s Corporate Banking model is focused on ensuring that its clients get the same quality of service across the Bank’s geographical locations. The execution of this approach through the deployment of the Global Account Management (GAM) Framework, implemented to enhance cross-relationship management tailored to Customers with a Pan African footprint.

Dedicating the awards to its customers, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, CEO FirstBank Group said: “We are thrilled to announce that we have been recognised as the Best Corporate Bank in Nigeria at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2023.

“We say a heartfelt thank you to all our incredible customers for trusting us. This award is dedicated to YOU,” he concluded.

According to Euromoney, the “Awards for Excellence” – is the definitive annual awards programme of the global banking industry. The awards represent the highest distinction to the banks and bankers who matter most in an industry where differentiation is highly sought after and exceptionally difficult to demonstrate.”

“For over 30 years, Euromoney has recognised the banks and that have demonstrated their differentiation, pioneering a comprehensive awards programme that today remains the industry benchmark globally, it concluded.”

Amongst other awards, FirstBank recently added to its awards kitty, Best Corporate Bank Western Africa, 2023, by Global Banking and Finance; Best Internet Banking in Nigeria, 2023 by International Business Awards; the Most Innovative Banking Brand in Nigeria by Global Brands Awards as well as the Financial Institution of the Year 2023 by Afreximbank Pan-African Business and Development.

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UBA Takes Centre Stage at 2024 ECOWAS Mining Forum in Cotonou As Elumelu Gives Keynote Address

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Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.

The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and as the financial institution of choice, with presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment to the growth of mining and Petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole not African economic development.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, would give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event.

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group, with extensive interests in energy and power, will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: what pooling strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy – will also actively participate in the forum.

Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organizations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees’ group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and in the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.

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SME In A Box: Glo Unveils Niche Product to Boost Businesses

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Telecommunications firm, Globacom, has unveiled a niche product, ‘SME In A Box‘, to boost small and medium enterprise businesses in Nigeria.

Globacom disclosed in a press release that the product is an all-in-one bundle to connect, grow businesses and enhance productivity, saying it had continued to “evolve and adapt to changing business requirements by expanding and investing in areas of common interest and bringing latest solutions to support small and medium businesses across the country”.

Glo SME In A Box provides a set of bundled solutions for all the major communication and technology requirement of SMEs in the country. The product provides, among other benefits, professional website creation, customized Email setup and business tools (Social Media Integration, free social media advertising) as one bundle to customers. With this, SMEs can avoid engaging multiple partners to meet their needs. It is also bundled with voice and data bundles to enable the SMEs conduct business with ease.

The product’s affordability, said Glo, is to ensure small businesses benefit as it can be accessed for as low as N20,000 for a yearly package.

Globacom added that the product “is highly customizable and flexible to use because  it avails anyone with basic computer skills to establish online business presence and set up business-support tools within 30 minutes. It helps right from purchasing a domain to professional website creation, accounting payroll, CRM and inventory management”.

The company lamented that less than 5 percent of SMEs currently use Information Communication Technology (ICT) for their business operations or have a visible online presence. “Due to the low technology knowledge of most SME owners, they require a reliable partner to assist in introducing technology to their businesses, hence the introduction of the Glo SME In A Box”.

With Glo SME In A Box, the company noted, “customers can bring credibility and expand the reach of their businesses with the support of established business supporting tools and mediums. Glo SME In A Box is a complete bundle addressing the needs of growing and upcoming entrepreneurs through one single solution”.

The company urged businesses to log on to the dedicated website, https//www.glosmartbiz.com, for more information or call 121 for prepaid lines and 200 for postpaid lines.

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Cashtoken Promo: Glo Rewards Customers with N100m, Other Prizes

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Digital telecommunications solutions provider, Globacom, has launched another season of its recharge-based loyalty reward promo, ‘Glo Rewards- Cashtoken’.

According to the company, all old and prospective customers on the prepaid platforms are qualified to win in the promo.

To enroll for GloRewards, subscribers will dial *301*8# and start recharging to earn cashtokens. The assured cashback is N8, and they have a chance to win between N5,000 and N100m weekly in grand raffle draws. Every week, customers will also get a chance to win Gloworld Gift vouchers worth N10,000, Samsung A05 Phones and Samsung A54 smartphones,” a statement from Glo informed.

Winners that emerged in a previous edition of the promo include William Ubi, a Civil Engineering student of Cross River State University and Mohammed Tijani, a Kaduna-based farmer, who both won N200,000 and Anthony Iyemi, a Warri-based customer who won N100,000.

The company further disclosed in the press statement, which was released in Lagos,  that the new season of Rewards was unveiled to avail its subscribers and other Nigerians another opportunity to win cash prizes and other amazing items saying, “customers participating in the Rewards Program, just like in other seasons, will earn cashtokens on every N1000 cumulative recharge within a calendar month.”

Subscribers, according to the company will continue to earn and accumulate cashtokens as long as they meet the eligibility criteria. This means that there is no upper limit to accumulating cashtokens as all  cashtokens will be credited in a virtual wallet that is linked to the customer’s mobile.

“Customers will be able to view and redeem their cashtokens by dialing *6700# to purchase airtime/data, pay electricity bills, pay cable television bills or make other payments. They can also transfer their accumulated cashtokens to the bank and cash out the equivalent value”, the company added.

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