May 11th, 2017: ABC Bank Diaspora team is in the US for a week-long customer engagement drive meant to strengthen relations with its Diaspora customers. During the trip, the team will tour Wichita- Kansas, Dalls-Texas, and other towns in Massachusetts- Springfiled, Chelmsford and Sutton.
The tour is part of ABC Bank’s plan for Diaspora engagement and partnership-building to leverage the business opportunities both in the US and in Kenya that the Diaspora Community can benefit from.
Head of Diaspora Banking Joseph Waithaka- who has lived and worked in Oklahoma for the past 16 years- will be accompanied by a team from Dal Afrika, a real estate delevopment firm affiliated with ABC Bank.
On their tour of Massachusetts, the team will be accompanied by New England Kenyan Diaspora Sacco.
ABC Bank prides itself in providing distinguished financial service to Kenyans in the Diaspora, focusing not on remittances only, but on investments as well. Some of the investment products the bank offers to Diaspora clients (groups and individuals) include construction and project financing, mortgages/home loans, land purchase financing and asset financing among many others. The bank also offers professional investment advice to customers to enable them make informed investment decisions and enlighten them on the best investment opportunities available in Kenya.
Additionally, ABC Bank has a wide range of international money transfer services that customers can use to conveniently and securely send funds to their loved ones back in Kenya. Our award-winning Internet Banking service and user-friendly iOS and Android App which offer customers a borderless, seamless and convenient banking experience; secure local and international account-to-account transfers, mobile transfers and much more. It literally makes you your own bank teller, using PC, mobile or tablet.
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5th May, 2017: ABC Bank has been recognised as the third Bank with the Lowest Charges for SMEs in Kenya.
The bank scooped the award during the 2017 Banking Awards gala organised by Think Business. This award affirms the bank’s commitment in supporting the SME sector as a key driver of the economy, by offering tailor-made financial solutions at favourable rates.
ABC Bank has over the years solidified its market position as the preferred SME bank in a country with more than 17 million SMEs, with 98 percent of them contributing 25 percent of the country’s GDP and employing up to 50 percent of the workforce, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.
ABC Bank has a fully fledged and dedicated SME Banking Unit run by a team of professional and experienced bankers with practical understanding of the SME segment. Every client is assigned a dedicated Relationship Manager and Relationship Officer to walk with them through their daily pursuit of business growth and success. Our team regularly meets all clients at their business premises to listen to their needs and offer free expert business development and management advisory.
Some of the products offered include asset finance, term loans, overdraft facilities, cheque discounting, supply chain financing, construction and project finance, mortgage facilities and trade finance.
On the night of Wednesday 19th April, a group of children from Upendo Kids International jetted back from a two-week appreciation and exposure tour of the US where they met different groups of Kenyans living and working in Oklahoma State.
Upendo Kids International is a center for destitute children, based in Juja.
ABC Bank Head of Diaspora Banking Joseph Waithaka (left) explains to children from Upendo Kids Center Jussy Mweru, Lucy Mbeche and Maurice Wambugu on how foreign exchange transactions work.
ABC Bank is a close partner of the centre, and some of its representatives were at hand to receive them at the airport.
ABC Bank was one of the sponsors of the annual Islamic Inter-school Oratory Competition that took place on Sunday 9th April at Light Academy in Karen.
The event was organized by Ar Risalah Academy and involved school children of different ages presenting poetry and oral citations on various teachings of Islam.
ABC Bank continues to to support community initiatives to assist them advance their causes and nurture talent among the youth to become active participants and contributors to social and economic development in society.
ABC Bank staff on 30th March saw off a group of children from Upendo Kids International as they traveled to the US on a two-week fundraising tour will take them to Oklahoma State where they will meet various groups of Kenyans living there.
The tour will take the children to Oklahoma State for two weeks, during which they will meet various groups of Kenyans living there.
The bank is a close partner of the children’s center located in Juja, KIambu county. It was founded in 2007 by a Kenyan couple living in the US- Eunice and Robert Menja- to provide child-centered programs that prepare children under their care for a lifetime of learning, while their families are empowered to become self independent.
ABC Bank representatives witnessed the ground breaking of a new office block at the Consolata Shrine in Westlands on Saturday 18th March, 2017.
The bank was represented by Industrial Area Branch Manager Ernest Njiru and Relationship Manager in charge of religious institutions business, Adelaide Khamasi .
When complete, the new Allamano Centre will accommodate offices, a pastoral office and a parking lot.
The bank continues to support religious institutions in their financial needs and projects.
ABC Bank has secured certification as a Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) Bank by the London Stock Exchange. This makes ABC Bank among the first Banks in East Africa to obtain such status.
The certification comes ahead of the global enforcement of the European Market Infrastructure Regulation starting 1st January 2018.
The LEI regulation was introduced in May 2014 at the behest of the G20 countries after the global financial crisis of 2007-2008. LEI is a unique code used across the globe to identify organizations that engage in financial markets, and is intended to bring comfort of corporate identity, particularly in financial transactions.
The publicly available data pool serves as a global directory, which greatly enhances transparency in the marketplace. Besides enabling companies and regulators to identify parties to financial transactions instantly and accurately, it also benefits companies by improving efficiency and internal risk management.
“This certification is critical to ABC Bank because we are very active in the international financial markets, hence the need for us to be a recognized participant in the larger financial ecosystem even outside of East Africa. This will avail us new international business opportunities since prospective partners will easily and speedily identify us and transact. We believe this certification places us at great advantage vis-a-vis other banks for customers as we can reach a larger pool of counterparties and offer finer pricing for customers ” said ABC Bank General Manager for Treasury and Financial Institutions, Mr. Philip Wambua.
With the globalization of the financial markets, businesses across the world are grappling with the challenge of developing and implementing a common entity identification system that could serve as a game changer in identifying financial market participants. Once certified, a firm is included in a global data system that connects to key reference information that enables clear and unique identification of legal entities participating in financial transactions in any jurisdiction.
“We believe that ultimately there should be one identity behind every business. Having an LEI will help to achieve this objective. We are on a journey to increase the rate of LEI adoption so that in the future, the Global LEI Index will capture an increasing number of entities engaging in financial transactions globally, providing a 360-degree view”, states the Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) website.
ABC Bank joined the world in celebrating Valentines Day by helping customers in the Diaspora to beat the geographical distance to touch their loved ones.
This is in line with the bank’s mission of empowering customers to achieve the extraordinary. It was also a demonstration of deep care for family values and relationships, which it shares with its customers.
Cynthia, a class six pupil in St. Bridgit Catholic Academy in Nairobi, was overwhelmed with emotion when the bank staff delivered gifts at her school on behalf of her mother Eunice who works in the Middle East.
“You mean she can still send me gifts even when there!”, Cynthia exclaimed, evidently surprised Cynthia exclaimed.
Ann, a spouse to one of our Diaspora customers, works at a public institution in the city. Her husband enlisted the help of ABC Bank. Fully aware of the distance and logistical conundrum, she was not expecting any gift from her husband. This was until our customer service team showed up in her office with a load of red-coloured gifts.
ABC Bank supported the Salessians of Don Bosco-Upper Hill during its recent ‘solemn transfer of the relic of St. John Bosco to the Shrine of Mary help of Christians’.
The bank’s donation of Sh100,000, given through the Industrial Area branch, was an affirmation of the value it attaches to relationships with clients, and is part of the continuous community relations initiatives.
ABC Bank has came to the aid of a bright student who was a top performer in the 2016 KCPE to enable her join high school.
Evelyn Mugure was admitted to Karima Girls High, a national school, but could not raise the fees to join the school to pursue her academic dream. ABC Bank stepped in and supported her financially to put her on the path to her dream.
While presenting the cheque to Mugure, ABC Bank Head of HR Lucy Wariara encouraged her to be resilient and to conquer the challenges ahead in order to excel and live the life she aspires to.
The donation is in line with the Bank’s corporate social responsibility policy which focuses on among other areas, educational development of needy yet bright students to empower them achieve the extra-ordinary.