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Tanzanian bankers tap skills from Egyptian Banking Institute

Within the framework of the Egyptian Banking Institute ’ s strategy to develop human capital in the African banking sector , the Egyptian Banking Institute ( EBI ) – the training arm of the Central Bank of Egypt – has launched the first round of ‘ EBI Executive Programme ’ for the African banking sector .

The programme aims at developing executive leadership talents and competencies as well as enriching technical knowledge for the senior executives from the African banking and financial sectors by raising the efficiency of human cadres working in these sectors .
The programme was conducted in Cairo with the participation of a number of senior executives from four banks in Tanzania and Zambia .
During the programme , the latest trends and developments in various topics were discussed and presented such as strategy , sustainability , corporate governance , agility , disruptive innovation , dealing with the media and Banking Digital Transformation .
The in-class training programme has been designed to include different training methodologies based on case studies , simulation games and role-playing activities in order to achieve the utmost benefit of the programme .
“ The African continent is an important pillar in our strategy ; therefore we continually develop co-operation opportunities and implement training programmes that invest in the human capital within the African financial and banking sectors ,” said Dr Abdel Aziz Nossier , the Executive Director of the Egyptian Banking Institute ( EBI ).

Gardner Capital establishes loan matching programme for SMBs with Kiva

revolving fund to match loans raised on Kiva ’ s crowd-funding platform – both increasing the total funding available and accelerating the speed of funding loans for entrepreneurs .

Gardner Capital , a Dallas-based private equity firm and alternative investment platform specialising in multifamily housing and renewable energy development and investment , is partnering with Kiva through Gardner Capital ’ s GCRE Upward Mobility Fund to accelerate minority-led small business access to finance in St . Louis . It will initially focus on supporting BIPOC small businesses in the St . Louis Metro area and provide a

“ We couldn ’ t be more excited to expand our partnership with Kiva and I am particularly excited that we are able to bring this programme to my adopted hometown of St . Louis ,” said Michael Gardner , Founder of the GCRE Upward Mobility Fund and CEO of Gardner Capital . “ While our initial goal of funding at least 100 minority-led small businesses in St . Louis in the next year might sound modest , we expect to meet , exceed and then increase that goal each and every year , and then just keep growing it from there .”
This recent commitment from the GCRE Upward Mobility Fund is a part of Gardner Capital ’ s broader commitment to provide more than US $ 5 million in capital to support Upward Mobility in financially excluded or historically underserved communities through a variety of programmes and partnerships . www . intelligentfin . tech