The Management of Heritage Bank Company Limited has reaffirmed its commitment to the growth of the nation’s economy and international trade through continuous engagement with local and international institutions who share its trade, investment and infrastructural finance vision.
Speaking on behalf of the Heritage Bank’s Managing Director, Mr. Ifie Sekibo during the special meeting of the International Chamber of Commerce Nigeria (ICC Nigeria) Commission on Banking Technique and Practice at the Bank’s head office in Lagos recently, the company’s Group Head, Business Services, Mr. Wunmi Adeniyi noted that with the recent acquisition of Enterprise Bank from the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON), Heritage Bank has re-positioned to play bigger role in promoting sustainable economic growth and promotion of Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.
“The Enterprise Bank acquisition project is a great achievement for us a bank, given our age in the industry; and we hope to tap on the co-operation of our colleagues and ICC Nigeria as we aspire to play a bigger role in promoting economic growth and development in our nation. We look forward to great partnerships geared towards the provision of much needed infrastructure and promotion of the industrialization of the Nigerian economy and the global economy at large”, Adeniyi explained.
He added that the Bank is positioned for the emerging opportunities including growth in international trade and foreign investment.
According to him, “We do not see challenges; we see opportunities as we are poised to provide dynamic financial services to our present and future clientele; financial services that will propel us to the position of one of the top three Banks in the next 5 years”.
While applauding the strategic visit by the ICC team, Adeniyi said the Bank appreciated ICC Nigeria and ICC Worldwide crusade in driving commerce and industry.
“We recognize the contributions of ICC Nigeria and its representation of our collective intellectual opinions on International trade matters which by no small measure has made this great country of ours a force to reckon with in the international trade community”, he reaffirmed.
Speaking on behalf of the visiting ICC team, Dr (Mrs.) Omolara Akanji, Vice Chairman, Banking Commission, ICC Nigeria, expressed delight in Heritage Bank’s dynamic stride in the banking industry in its short span of existence.
“We are happy to have Heritage Bank in our midst. We are proud to say this Bank has shown a high level of professionalism and innovative impact in our esteemed industry within its short span of operations. We can only expect more impressive performance from your organization as a member of ICC Nigeria”, Mrs Akanji said.
She further explained that ICC Banking Commission produces universally accepted rules and guidelines for international banking practice; adding that ICC itself, as an indispensable global trade institution, was founded in 1919 with representation from over 130 countries with the objective of acting as a representative body that speaks with authority on behalf of enterprises from all business sectors in every part of the world.
She concluded that it is the desire of ICC Nigeria to institutionalize the key alternative dispute mechanism to promote trade and investment across nations in an amicable, equitable and peaceful manner.