Nominees for the 2018 African Banker Awards (http://AfricanBankerAwards.com) have been announced. This year's shortlist sees another strong year for banks from Morocco, Nigeria and Kenya. Ecobank, Standard Bank and Standard Chartered, which have a large footprint across the continent also feature across several categories.
The Awards, which are hosted by African Banker magazine, will be held during the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) at the end of May in Busan, South Korea. The finalists, selected by an expert judging panel of bankers and business leaders will be announced at the African Banker Awards ceremony which will take place on Wednesday 22nd May.
Chair of the Awards Committee, Omar Ben Yedder, the Group Publisher and Managing Director of IC Publications Group(www.ICPublications.com)which publishes African Banker, said that he was once again impressed by the quality and breadth of entries this year.
"We saw McKinsey earlier in the year releasing a very positive report analysing the banking landscape in Africa. The entries reaffirm their findings when they say Africa's banking market are amongst the most exciting in the world. The categories that caught my eye were innovation in banking – and this year's entries reflect the transformative role of fintech and also blockchain technology – as well as deal of the year, which is every year a very competitive category. Equity markets were a little slower in 2017, but we saw some interesting deals on the debt side and also transformative infrastructure financing structures. The quality of the entries, and sophistication of the solutions being presented, reflect a buoyant sector in continuous evolution."
The awards which are held under the high patronage of the African Development Bank and, are sponsored by The African Guarantee Fund, Banco Nacional de Investimento (BNI), Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc and the Bank of Industry. Ecobank will be the hosts of the African Banker Awards cocktail reception prior the awards. The Gala Dinner and Awards presentation will take place at the Paradise Hotel, Busan.
The shortlisted entries are:
African Banker of the Year:
African Bank of the Year:Attijariwafa Bank, Morocco Equity Group Holdings, Kenya Guaranty Trust Bank, Nigeria The Mauritius Commercial Bank, Mauritius Standard Chartered
Best Retail Bank in Africa:Barclays, Zambia Ecobank KCB, Kenya Millennium BIM, Mozambique SBM Holdings, Mauritius
Investment Bank of the Year:Barclays Africa Group Exotix FNBQuest Merchant Bank, Nigeria Standard Bank Standard Chartered
Award for Financial Inclusion:Fourth Generation Capital Limited, Kenya Groupe Crédit Agricole du Maroc, Morocco Baobab Group, France Equity Group, Kenya JUMO World, South Africa
Award for Innovation in Banking:Agricultural Finance Corporation, Kenya Ubuntu Coin Banque Nationale pour le Développement Economique, Senegal Ecobank SBM Holdings, Mauritius
Barclays Bank, Zambia
BMCE Bank of Africa, Morocco
Equity Group, Kenya
First Bank of Nigeria, Nigeria
KCB Group, Kenya
Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, Kenya
Socially Responsible Bank of the Year:
Deal of the Year – Equity:
Deal of the Year – Debt:
Infrastructure Deal of the Year:Nigeria Infrastructure Debt Fund – Chapel Hill Denham, Nigeria Nacala Railway and Port Corridor – Standard Bank SA / RMB, South Africa FIRST – Rand Merchant Bank, South Africa AEE Power Project – RMB, Namibia
Individual recognition will also be given in the categories for the Regional Bank winners, Central Bank Governor of the Year, Finance Minister of the Year and Lifetime Achievement.
For further information on the awards and for interview requests, please contact:
Hassna Benseddik - H.Benseddiq@ICPublications.com
Wafaa Charih - W.Charih@ICPublications.com