Stanbic IBTC inaugurates Africa-China Banking centre
In a move aimed at offering business-to-business networking and personal advisory service that could help to access and unlock opportunities to Nigerian and Chinese clients, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc has commissioned an Africa-China Banking Centre (ACBC) in Lagos.
The launch of the ACBC was performed by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) Africa Chief Executive Officer, Lubin Wang; Commercial Consul, Chinese Embassy in Lagos, Liu Jun Sheng; and top management executives of Stanbic IBTC.
The opening of the centre was another significant step towards improving ease of doing business between Nigeria and China, coming after the signing of the bilateral currency swap agreement between the two countries earlier in the year.
According to Chief Executive of Stanbic IBTC Bank, Dr. Demola Sogunle, the launch of the centre represented a critical opportunity to leverage the full potential of Africa and China’s rapidly evolving trade partnership.
“As an African bank with global reach, Stanbic IBTC is uniquely placed to unlock African opportunities by accessing Chinese capabilities. Nigeria is a market with great potential for now and the future; ICBC has built a bridge between the two markets to create possibilities.”This is the beginning for us to produce more specialized financial products and services for our Chinese clients and it is our aim to be the go-to Bank for Chinese businesses in Nigeria and Nigerian businesses trading with China,” he said.
Also, the Executive Director, Personal and Business Banking, Wole Adeniyi, noted that “the rate of development in Nigeria and Africa at large depends on the ability to identify opportunities, as well as build and maintain strategic relationships that increase the ease of doing business in Nigeria; we must aim to add value beyond just banking and look to impact partnerships that would wholly improve trade and the economy by extension, this is our responsibility.”