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African Development Bank Trains Experts from Development Finance Institutions

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The African Development Bank and the Association of African Development Finance Institutions (AADFI) jointly hosted a 3-day virtual workshop to train development finance experts in Africa on climate finance action strategy and management.

The training aimed to equip participants, particularly those from the financial and private sectors, with knowledge on how to scale up climate actions. Over 200 participants were able to gain a deeper understanding of the roles of national development finance institutions in climate risk management.

In his opening remarks, Al-Hamdou Dorsouma, Officer-in-Charge of Climate Change and Green Growth at the African Development Bank, stated: “This initiative and the Bank’s activities in mainstreaming climate finance is to strengthen African countries’ drive to realize their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) goals. It will also boost partnerships and knowledge sharing on how to pull finance for various climate action projects.”

Davinah Milenge, Coordinator of the African Financial Alliance on Climate Change (AFAC) (https://bit.ly/34UQXbA) spoke about managing climate risks and the role of the AFAC. “The pan-African alliance aims to put the financial sector at the center of climate action in Africa. AFAC brings together Africa’s key financial institutions, including central banks, insurance companies, sovereign wealth and pension funds, stock exchanges, as well as commercial and development banks, to mobilize private capital towards continent-wide low-carbon and climate-resilient development.”

There were presentations and demonstrations of two business screening toolkits – the climate risk and opportunity toolkit and the business carbon footprints toolkit – which were developed by experts from Natural Eco Capital (https://bit.ly/2SfyT9l), which coordinated the workshop.

Dr. Eugene Itua, Chief Executive Officer of Natural Eco Capital, spoke on the importance of environmental, social and governance criteria in the financial sector. He explained how this aligns climate risk with the Paris Agreement.

Stefan Nalletamby, the Bank’s Director of Financial Sector Development, noted that climate change impacts were reshaping the way people viewed the environment and business. He said the workshop would provide delegates with enhanced knowledge of climate change-related risks, as well as tools to mitigate its impacts and an understanding of how to mobilize climate finance for organizational operations.

Nalletamby also announced that both the Bank’s Climate Change and Financial Sector Development teams are working together to develop a financial sector credit facility to scale up financial flows to green SMEs through financial intermediaries across the continent.

Patricia Ojangole, the AADFI’s first Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Uganda Development Bank, said while climate change causes major risks with cross-boundary effects, it holds opportunities, especially development finance institutions. Consequently, there is a need to prepare for its negative impacts and work to significantly mitigate its risks. She stressed that the gap experienced by African countries to solve related impacts could be bridged through adequate funding and skills in climate finance, which can be aided by scaling up capacity building.

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Hope PSBANK Collaborates With FG To Create 100 Jobs In Each Local Government

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Hope Payment Service Bank, a subsidiary of Unified Payment Services Limited and Nigeria’s premier digital bank is collaborating with the Federal Government through the Ministry of Labour and Productivity to create jobs for no fewer than 77,400 people across the country.

The employment opportunity is part of the exit strategy of the Federal Government’s Special Public Works Programme being executed alongside the bank by empowering 100 Nigerians in each of the 774 local governments.

Speaking at the official kick-off of the collaboration, the Managing Director, Hope Payment Service Bank, Mr. Ayotunde Kuponiyi noted that the digital bank serves as an enabling platform that would interface with 77,400 beneficiaries selected from the Special Works Programme of the FG to exit them into self-employment.

Kuponiyi stressed that the focus of the collaboration is geared towards empowering beneficiaries through the agency banking platform in carrying out financial services such as account opening, bills payments, fund transfer, cash in/cash for Nigerians while they earn commission in return with just the use of their smartphones.

According to him, this initiative comes at no cost to the beneficiaries as they can use their phones to carry out agency banking activities for which they earn commissions on each activity carried out. “Once on board, these beneficiaries will become HOPE PSBANK agents. They will undergo training on the various activities by the bank at no cost to them”, he added.

“We are very excited about this collaboration with the Ministry, which is in line with the thrust of the social objectives of Hope Payment Service Bank – poverty reduction through financial inclusion and diffusion of digital financial services”, he said.

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CBN Grants Lotus Bank Non-Interest Banking Licence

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Thursday, June 17, granted a non-interest banking licence to Lotus Bank Limited.

This was contained in a statement titled ‘CBN grants Lotus Bank licence to commence non-interest banking operations’.

The statement read in part: “Lotus Bank seeks to pursue the mission of creating value and growth for all through digital innovation and best-in-class customer experience for Nigerians.”

Commenting on the grants, the founder and managing director of Lotus Capital (the pioneers of non-interest finance in Nigeria), Hajara Adeola, said the bank was starting its operations on a solid foundation of experienced leadership and a strong advisory council of experts.

Adeola explained that the bank is managed by a team of seasoned professionals and financial experts led by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Kafilat Araoye, who has over 25 years of commercial banking experience.

She added that the institution’s focus and guiding principle is ‘to deliver an alternative option to interest-based banking and to cater to the needs of not just the banked but also the underbanked and unbanked population.

According to her, non-interest banking was geared towards supporting the real sector and Lotus Bank aimed to improve financial inclusion in the country.

The founder of the bank, however, disclosed that it would operate transparent pricing models as it was the norm in non-interest banking.

The statement added: “Our values are deeply rooted in partnership. A critical component of our mission is the provision of innovative solutions that drive ethical prosperity for all stakeholders.

“We pride ourselves on digital solutions that provide our customers with the convenience of unlimited access to our services and products.”

“Our products and service offerings will include non-interest business financing, deposit products (current, savings and investment accounts) and personal financing.”

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Fidelity GAIM Season 4 Final Draw To Hold On July 22

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One of the leading financial institution in Nigeria, Fidelity Bank Plc, has announced plans to enrich the lives of fifteen Nigerians with a total of 39 million Naira at the final draw of the “Get Alert in Millions Campaign (GAIM)” Season 4 savings promo, slated for July 22, 2021.

The savings promotion, which is specifically aimed at promoting the culture of saving among Nigerians, is one of the bank’s many initiatives aimed at rewarding new and existing customers for their unwavering loyalty and patronage.

Despite the fact that the promotion was halted in 2020 due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) Pandemic and the resulting global lockdown, hundreds of Nigerians have benefited from this unique reward scheme in which lucky customers are credited with millions of naira and consolation prizes via a draw system.

The Chairman, Promo Committee, Fidelity Bank Plc, Mr. Richard Madiebo expressed his delight at the resumption of the savings promotion, stating that the campaign seeks to reward customers for their loyalty and patronage. According to Mr. Madiebo, for the past twelve years, the bank has empowered new and existing customers, providing an avenue for many to change their fortunes through its savings Promo.

He stated that the bank takes pride in keeping its promises, adding that the lender would continue to look out for innovative ways to satisfy and enrich its customers across the nation.

“And as we wind down on the 4th season of the GAIM promo, we are elated at the prospect of not only driving financial inclusion across Nigeria but also at the unique opportunity to enrich the lives of our customers especially in times of economic uncertainties”, noted Madiebo

Over the years, the leading tier two Bank has continued to intensify its efforts and innovate ways towards ensuring customer and stakeholder satisfaction. Through this promo, Fidelity Bank has promoted financial inclusion through digital channels and enriched the lives of its customers even in times of economic uncertainties.

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