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UBA commences full operations in Mali

By Anthony Okafor

Pan African financial institution, U-nited Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc on Monday commenced full banking operations in Mali, extending its footprint and deepening banking penetration in Africa.
The launch of UBA Mali brings to 20, the number of African countries, where the Group currently operates, with global operations in the United States, United Kingdom and France.
In his opening speech at the launch, the President of the Republic of Mali, Mr Ibrahim Aboubacar Keita said: ‘The UBA Group’s Chairman, Mr Tony Elumelu made this promise several years ago to bring UBA to Mali and he did it.”

The Malian president praised UBA Group for the vision to expand the bank’s footprint to Mali.
He commended the tenacity and commitment of UBA and its Group Chairman to the development of the continent, calling African financial institutions to follow the developmental philosophy of the bank and its chairman in growing infrastructure, deepening financial inclusion and being catalysts for eradicating poverty in Africa.

In his response, Mr. Elumelu, asserted UBA’s sustainability principles and philosophy.
In his words, “UBA is Africa’s global bank, a leading pan-African brand, committed to democratising banking on the continent. We are progressive partners for African corporates, institutions and governments whilst also helping to fulfil the financial aspirations of individual customers.

“Our train has finally arrived in Mali. We are here for mutual progress; we are here for shared prosperity.”

The Group Managing Director, UBA Plc, Mr. Kennedy Uzoka, expressed his enthusiasm on the Group’s operation in Mali, saying ‘We are in Mali to offer world class financial services that will surpass the expectations of our customers. I assure you that UBA is poised to deliver excellent services to the entire population of Mali’ he posited.

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The Chief Executive Officer, UBA Mali, Alhassane Sissoko told customers that the Bank is optimistic on the competitiveness of its franchise in Mali with strong potentials for accelerated market share gain over the near to medium term. He re-assured private and public sector players of good things to come. “The advent of UBA in Mali marks a turning point in the history of the Malian banking sector with new opportunities for businesses and individuals. We will always have in mind, the progress of our customers’ Sissoko said.

UBA commences full operations in Mali
Launch: From Left: President, Republic of Mali, His Excellency, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita; Chairman, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, Tony O. Elumelu; and the Prime Minister, Republic of Mali, Soumeilou Boubeye Maiga at the official launch making it the 20th subsidiary of the pan African Bank in Africa

Also present at the launch were the Prime Minister of Mali, Mr Soumeilou Boubeye Maiga; the Mayor of Bamako, Mr Adama Sangare; the Minister of Economy and Finance, Dr Boubou Cisse; the Minister of Digital economy and Communications, Mr. Harouna Touré and many other dignitaries.

United Bank for Africa Plc is a leading pan-African financial services group, with operations in 20 African countries, as well as the United Kingdom, the United States of America and presence in France.

UBA was incorporated in Nigeria as a limited liability company after taking over the assets of the British and French Bank Limited who had been operating in Nigeria since 1949.

The United Bank for Africa merged with Standard Trust Bank in 2005 and from a single country operation founded in 1949 in Nigeria – Africa’s largest economy – UBA has become one of the leading providers of banking and other financial services on the African continent. The Bank provides services to over15 million customers globally, through one of the most diverse service channels in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 1,000 branches, customer touch points and robust online and mobile banking platforms.


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