To showcase bank’s success with reaching the unbanked
By Nsikan Ikpe
GMD/CEO of the Nigeria-originating Diamond-Bank Plc, Mr. Uzoma Dozie is taking the bank’s message of financial inclusion to this year’s edition of the World Economic Forum, WEF.
The event which holds annually in Davos Switzerland, is reputed s being the world’s trendsetter in the business arena and is attended annually by heads of governments, leading innovators and other global thought leaders.
A statement from the bank also revealed that Dozie had been appointed as a Forum Member Adviser to the World Economic Forum (WEF).
According to the statement, Diamond Bank is the first Nigerian company and only the second African company to become a WEF Adviser.
“Membership is on an invitation only basis and is extended only to the most dynamic businesses who are using tech-driven disruption to drive growth,” the statement outlinned.
At the session this year, Dozie, will be discussing a number of key themes including: promoting financial inclusion, particularly amongst women; Nigeria’s emerging technology-enabled entrepreneurial culture and Lagos as a hub for innovation; and the role of digital, technology and data in transforming banking.
Specifically, he is listed to speak on January 24 as part of a panel at an interactive workshop session entitled: “A Shared Vision for Financial Inclusion.”
Said Dozie on the development: “I am delighted that Diamond Bank was invited to join as a Forum Member Adviser of the WEF as it is testament to our status as one of Nigeria’s leading innovators. I am also thrilled to be attending this year’s annual meeting in Davos, where I will be presenting my views on the three key areas of financial inclusion, Nigeria’s positive outlook and the future of banking.
“In particular, I will be sharing Diamond Bank’s experience in the financial inclusion space where our Beta Proposition and Diamond Yello Account have made significant inroads in bringing previously un(der)banked people into the financial system. It will also be an opportunity to highlight the transformative role of technology and data in enhancing financial inclusion in a country of 180 million people where nearly half do not have a bank account.
“I will also be passionately championing the success of increasing numbers of technology-enabled entrepreneurs and the culture of innovation that is taking hold in Nigeria, particularly Lagos. This innovation is leading to a new wave of business leaders that are shaping the Nigeria of tomorrow, as well as helping fuel economic growth today.
“Despite historic challenges, I will also use the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting as a platform to promote Nigeria’s excellent fundamentals and its recent progress.”
Uzoma Dozie, GMD/CEO, Diamond Bank