Sombank, a privately owned Islamic bank in Somalia, has selected Temenos, the banking software company, to deploy its Islamic Banking solution in the cloud to accelerate the bank’s digital transformation and create innovative products to increase access to financial services within the country.
Sombank will implement the full front-to-back Temenos Islamic Banking platform combining the market-leading capabilities of Temenos Infinity and Temenos Transact. The platform’s scalable innovative technology provides superior features for lslamic banks to offer their customers Shari’ah compliant products and the best digital experience. The cloud-native solution will enable Sombank to design and launch customized digital products more quickly while also reducing its operating costs.
Financial inclusion is core to Sombank’s mission. Temenos’ cloud-native technology will allow Sombank to create innovative digital products and offer lower cost services that are more accessible to all Somalians via a mobile device, including current and savings accounts for individuals and small businesses as well as the latest mobile money products.
A recent report produced for Temenos by the Economist Intelligence Unit found that Governments across the Middle East and Africa regions are increasingly embracing digital agendas to encourage financial inclusion and accelerate digital banking and a cashless economy. According to the report, smart phone use expected to hit 74% in the region by 2025 and the affordability of smartphones is a key driver in the development of mobile-only and mobile-first banks.
Currently, Sombank serves customers via branch and online network and representative offices throughout Somalia. Sombank will use the Temenos Infinity digital front office to create a unified customer experience for all financial and non-financial services across all channels, helping its staff serve customers faster in branch and online.
Garad Khalif Nor, CEO, SomBank, stated: “We are excited to partner with Temenos to deliver next-generation digital experiences to Somalian customers. We selected Temenos because of its worldwide reputation, cutting-edge technology, and regional expertise in Africa. While we are a relatively new bank, Sombank has big ambitions to play a significant role in rebuilding the country’s financial infrastructure by improving access to financial services throughout Somalia and beyond. Implementing the Temenos banking platform in the cloud will allow us to achieve rapid time to value for new digital products and the cost savings to fulfil this vision.”
Jean-Paul Mergeai, the MD for Middle East and Africa, Temenos, commented: “We are delighted that Sombank has selected Temenos Islamic Banking to advance its digital banking strategy. Temenos has a strong presence in Africa and a track record helping Islamic Banks with their digital transformation. For over 20 years, Temenos has been empowering the Islamic finance community with flexible and innovative Shari’ah compliant solutions that are specifically designed to improve customer experiences. Sombank has challenged itself to be the leading Islamic Bank in the region and this implementation is a big step forward as it embarks on this exciting new phase of its journey.”
SomBank is a Shari’ah compliant bank approved by the Central Bank of Somalia (CBS) offering banking services on a complete Shari’ah system. SOMBANK launched on July 15, 2019 in Garowe, Somalia. It has a strong partnership with its sister Company of Tawakal Express. This means that it is in a position to tap into a large customer base, which is already in place, and to draw on the expertise its sister Company had amassed through its many years in the financial sector in Somalia. SOMBANK had already made significant investment in fixed assets in Somalia in the form of Commercial Buildings developed in the Capital Mogadishu, Garowe, Galkacyo, Galdogob, Bosasso and many more such investments are planned.