Bank of Kigali has had an outstanding first half of September, winning big both at the Expo 2017 and at the first inter-bank games. On 6th September, at the closing ceremony of the 20th Rwanda International Trade Fair – or Expo 2017 as it is better known – Bank of Kigali was crowned the best overall exhibitor, beating RwandAir and Ameki Colour.
Apart from offering its usual excellent banking services and ATM machines for easy cash withdrawal, BK attracted a lot of people to its stand through entertainment by acrobats and especially with its ‘Bigereho Na BK’ (Achieve Your Dreams With BK) promotion, which was launched during the first days of the Expo.
In the promotion, new customers who opened an account, or old ones who reactivated their account, stood a chance to win a variety of prizes including cash, TV sets, smartphones and even a car as the grand prize at the end of the promotion in December.
“Bigereho Na BK is an opportunity for new customers to open an account and become part of our success, and join us on a new journey into the future where we will continue to contribute to the transformation of Rwandans through innovative services,” said BK’s CEO, Dr.Diane Karusisi, while launching the promotion at the Expo.
She also pointed out that Bigereho Na BK aims at getting more people to the formal banking sector.
“While proud of our success, we need to face today’s challenges with practical solutions; over 70% of the adult population is still unbanked, and savings are still low making it hard for banks to lend adequately to support businesses,” Karusisi remarked.
433 exhibitors from 19 countries participated in Expo 2017, among them 144 foreign ones. The trade fair attracted between 12,000 and 15,000 visitors on weekdays, and up to 35,000 during weekends.
Domination at inter-bank games
Bank of Kigali also emerged victorious at the first inter-bank games, which ended on 10th September, winning in basketball, football and volleyball, while I&M Bank won the swimming competition.
The 4-day competition for commercial banks was organized by the Rwanda Bankers Association (RBA) in partnership with the City of Kigali, the National Bank of Rwanda and the ministry of sports and culture under the theme ‘Healthy,’ which evoked the event’s aim of raising health awareness among employees in the banking sector. The participants were Bank of Kigali, Access Bank, GT Bank, BPR, AB Bank, Cogebanque, Ecobank, Crane Bank, Urwego Bank, I&M Bank, Equity Bank, KCB bank, Unguka Bank, Bank of Africa and the National Bank.
“The tournament was amazing, Bank of Kigali took part in all categories because they were well organized and facilitated, and had full support from their management,” said John Bosco Rukundo, the chairman of the organising committee.
“I congratulate all the teams that participated in this inaugural inter-bank tournament,” said BK CEO Diane Karusisi, who is also the current RBA chairperson. “I look forward to a more competitive edition next year.”
Karusisi was also named the ‘Most Active CEO’ of the tournament, having run in a mini-marathon and been the most ardent supporter of the BK teams.
Read this article and more in issue n° 78 of Hope Magazine.