The ARB Apex Bank has been admitted to the Ghana-Sweden Chamber of Commerce.
The President of the Ghana-Sweden Chamber of Commerce (GSCC), Pearl Delali Dorledzi, who led a delegation to present the certificate of membership at a ceremony in Accra revealed that “ARB Apex Bank has been admitted to the Platinum membership, which confers the highest partnership privileges on the Bank and the Rural and Community Banks (RCBs) in Ghana.”
Madam Dorledzi revealed that “the Chamber is excited to partner with ARB Apex Bank and RCBs in Ghana to bring the needed interventions in the rural areas.”
She added that “key areas of our partnership interventions include, “women empowerment, capacity building and training, and we are happy to help bring the needed support especially because of the wide network of branches of the banks.”
GSCC is a non-profit umbrella organisation that promotes bilateral relationships in Business, Trade, Technology and Innovation, Education, Sports, Culture, etc., between Ghanaian and Swedish businesses. Businesses and individuals are required to be members of the organisation before such bilateral partnerships are promoted.
Benefits to banks
The Managing Director of ARB Apex Bank, Mr Kojo Mattah, who received the certificate on behalf of the bank stressed that “we shall ensure membership of the Chamber benefits our member banks.”
He indicated that through initial engagements which led to “our admission to the Chamber, the bank has started reaping some benefits as a member of the Chamber, an Information Communications Technology Solutions firm, has already has offered to provide a Cybersecurity solution to the Bank at a highly subsidised cost.”
This solution would support the Bank to ensure confidentiality and integrity of transactions performed on its electronic platforms as part of Bank of Ghana’s Cyber and Information Security Directive.
The COVR Security solution, which was originally priced at US$465,000 was discounted by the supplier, Floodgate Limited by 96 percent as part of their of Corporate Social Responsibility in recognition of the role ARB Apex Bank plays in serving the RCBs in driving the financial inclusion in the deprived areas of the country.
COVR Security, is a Swedish Technology Company that provides mobile multi-customer authentication for Banks, Payment Network, and Credit Card Companies throughout the world.
They are hoping to use their partnership with ARB Apex Bank and the RCBs in Ghana as a springboard into other countries in the West African sub-Region.