Safaricom nominated in African Banker Awards’ ‘Financial Inclusion’ category

The shortlist for the 10th edition of the African Banker Awards has been released and includes Kenya’s MNO Safaricom which has been nominated in the award’s ‘Financial Inclusion’ category together with KCB.

This year’s shortlist is dominated by some of the larger banking groups from North, East, South and West Africa. The winners will be revealed at a gala dinner during the African Bank Annual meetings that will be held in Lusaka this year at the end of May.

Now in its 10th year, the awards are open to all African financial institutions, including banks, micro-financiers, investment banks, development finance institutions and other financial services institutions.

The awards were launched to reflect the rapid growth and modernisation of the banking and financial services sector in Africa. The 10th anniversary event comes as the banking sector is undergoing significant changes. On the one hand, large global banking groups, such as Barclays are seeking to deconsolidate as they focus on their core (non-African) markets, and the other there is talk of further consolidation across the continent from Kenya, to Ghana through Zambia and Tunisia.

It is against this backdrop that the 2016 awards are being held. Omar Ben Yedder, Publisher of African Banker said: “We are thrilled that the African Banker awards are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year. We introduced these awards as a way of recognising the enormous potential of the African banking and financial services sector. Since then, many of our financial institutions have transformed and are well established to compete with the best in class. During this period, corporate and retail banks, along with private equity and investment firms and insurance providers have withstood the effects of the global financial crisis, emerging stronger and more fit for purpose. The category which continues to grab my attention is the Deals category, which reflects the transformational role that banks are playing throughout the continent. They remain a cornerstone of economic development.”

GTBank from Nigeria is nominated in three categories including Bank of the Year, Banker of the Year and Innovation. Ecobank is also nominated three times. Rand Merchant Bank from South Africa dominates the investment banking and deal entries. Other strong performers include CRDB Bank from Tanzania, KCB from Kenya, Standard Bank group from South Africa and also Attijariwafa Bank from Morocco, which has a major presence in North and West Africa. The winners will be selected by an independent panel of judges selected for their expertise of the banking and financial landscape throughout the continent.

MasterCard, Ecobank/Nedbank, African Guarantee Fund, PTA Bank are sponsors of the 2016 Awards, along with CRDB Bank, Arton Capital and Qatar Airways.

Last year’s award winners included Credit Suisse CEO, Tidjane Thiam (African Banker Icon); former Ecobank CEO, Albert Essien (African Banker of the Year); and the founder and chairman of Zenith Bank Jim Ovia for Lifetime Achievement). Morocco’s Groupe Banque Populaire, which took a significant share in West African group Banque Atlantique, won the coveted African Bank of the Year Award.

Below is the 2016 Banker Awards shortlist:

Banker of the Year
Segun Agbaje – GTB Nigeria
Hisham Ezz el Arab – CIB Egypt
Joshua Nyamweya Oigara – KCB Kenya
Dr Charles Kimei – CRDB Bank Tanzania
Paulo Alexandre Duarte de Sousa – BCI Bank Mozambique

Bank of the Year
Attijariwafa, Morocco
Banque Centrale Populaire, Morocco
Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria
Standard Bank Group
Mauritius Commercial Bank, Mauritius

Best Retail Bank
BCI, Mozambique
CRDB Bank, Tanzania
Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria
KCB, Kenya

Investment Bank of the Year
Rand Merchant Bank

Award for Financial Inclusion
Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco
Banque Nationale pour le Developpement Economique, Senegal
Mastercard – National Bank of Egypt
Safaricom and KCB, Kenya

Bank M, Tanzania
BMCE, Morocco
Commercial International Bank, Egypt
Standard Chartered, Zambia

Bidvest and Mastercard, South Africa
Equity Bank, Kenya
Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria
Mauritius Commercial Bank, Mauritius
Ovamba Cameroon Solutions, Cameroon

Deal of the Year – Equity
EDITA Food Industries IPO (EFG)
Mediclinic’s US $2.1 billion reverse takeover of Al Noor Hospitals (RMB)
Oando $290m rights issue (Vetiva)
Naspers US $2.5 billion Accelerated Equity Offering (Citi)
Saham’s acquisition of majority stake in Continental Re. (Stanbic IBTC)

Deal of the Year – Debt
Accugas (FBN Capital)
Cameroon’s currency swap (Lazard)
Cote d’Ivoire Sukuk (ICD)
Richard Bay Minerals Syndicated Term (Rand Merchant Bank)
Transcorp Domestic Bond (United Capital and Stanbic IBTC)

Infrastructure Deal of the Year 
Azura – Edo IPP (Fieldstone; Rand Merchant Bank; Standard Bank; IFC)
Itezhi-Tezhi Hydro Power Station (Fieldstone)
Maamba Collieries (Barclays)
Minister of Finance Angola Roads Financing (Rand Merchant Bank)
Zina Solar One Power Solar Project (Rand Merchant Bank)


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