Consultants name on East African bankers to prioritise integrity and professionalism

Consultants have urged bankers throughout East Africa to uphold professionalism and integrity amongst their workers to rebuild dwindling public belief within the sector.

On the opening of the twenty first East African Banking College (EABS) Convention in Kampala on Tuesday, business stakeholders highlighted the urgent want to deal with integrity points affecting the banking sector.

Ms Goretti Masadde, Chief Govt Officer (CEO) of the Uganda Institute of Banking and Monetary Companies (UIBFS), expressed concern over the decline in professionalism and integrity, attributing it to decreased transparency in banking operations.

“There may be additionally the get-rich fast syndrome that’s consuming up our youths and this isn’t solely in monetary providers. It’s us to carry again belief, we can’t essentially copy what different sectors are doing, we needs to be the one to carry again sense of ethics within the nation because the monetary service sector,” she mentioned.

Mr Patrick Mususa, the manager director of Tanzania Institute of Bankers mentioned restoring public belief within the sector is urgently wanted as a result of it’s the sturdy basis that helps sustainable economies.

“As establishments now we have a task to make sure that we align the code of ethics throughout the monetary establishments and banks to make sure that they supply dependable providers,” he mentioned.

He added: “Our economies rely upon banks and different monetary establishments because the intermediaries facilitating the circulation of capital between the holders of capital and the stakeholders that conduct productive actions that develop the financial system.”

The convention, organised by UIBFS in collaboration with the Kenya Institute of Bankers and Tanzania Institute of Bankers, targeted on themes such because the Position of Monetary Companies in Constructing Sustainable Regional Economies. It aimed to foster networking, data trade, {and professional} growth amongst business gamers.

Mr Peter Gitau, Head of Membership and Partnership on the Kenya Institute of Bankers, underscored the pivotal position of ethics in shaping organisational tradition and sustaining belief.

“Ethics outline who we’re as people and establishments. You possibly can have 20 years of training and might be misplaced in a minute due to ethics,” he mentioned

Mr Michael Mugabi, the managing director of Housing Finance financial institution known as for monetary service suppliers to remain forward of business traits and improve methods geared to repeatedly meet the evolving wants of consumers and stakeholders throughout the banking business in East Africa.

In the meantime, Mr Francis Yiga Banalekaki, the Head of Audit at Diamond Belief Financial institution, highlighted challenges corresponding to fraud and cybersecurity threats, emphasising the necessity for proactive threat administration methods.

Mr Mugabi Michael, the board chairperson of UIBFS, in his keynote handle underscored the position of the convention in fostering dialogue, innovation, and strategic partnerships inside the banking sector.

“For Uganda, internet hosting this twenty first convention is a momentous event. It displays our nation’s strides in turning into a central hub for monetary thought management and innovation. This chance permits us to showcase our developments and the dynamic progress of our monetary sector. It’s a proud second for us to host such a distinguished meeting and to facilitate discussions that may form the way forward for banking in our area,” he mentioned.

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