My dear colleagues,
Permit me to wish all members, students and staff of the Institute, a pleasant and delightful New Year full of blessings.
I must mention that there were a few projects and tasks that we set ourselves to accomplish in 2013 and I am gratified to say that we have kept to our promise in most cases.
Indeed, we decided to restructure and streamline the syllabus of the Institute to conform to International Standards and Local Benchmarks. This we have accomplished.
We set out to encourage members to constitute and inaugurate Local Associations in the various banks. We managed to inaugurate the Bank of Ghana Chapter of the Local Association last year.
We stated that we will pursue the formation of a vibrant Students Association and inaugurate Interim Executive members. The Interim Executive members have started working in earnest and their contribution towards the success of the 2013 Annual Bankers Week Celebrations is worth emulating.
We were able to organize the 4th Graduation Ceremony for the first time at our own forecourt of the Institute. The occasion was graced by the Deputy Minister of Education, Mr. Sam Okudzetu Ablakwah.
We were also able to launch the opening of the Kumasi office of the Institute after a Health Walk through the principal street of Kumasi. This is the first time that the Health Walk was held in Kumasi as part of the Annual Bankers Week Celebrations. In sequel, the Bankers Conference, with the Minister of Finance – Mr. Seth Tekper delivering the key note address, the Annual AGM and Annual Dinners were all held to complete the celebrations.
We vowed to identify and recognize our past elderly and seasoned bankers who have paid their dues in the financial landscape. At the 2013 Annual Governor’s Dinner two of such distinguished members, Mr. M. E. Ewuah, FCIB and Mr. D. B. Ansah, FCIB were duly honoured.
In 2013, we had effective collaborations with the National Banking College, The Ghana Association of Bankers, Bank of Ghana, Institute of Chartered Accountants, The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Finance.
We will hold a Continuous Development Programme and a Public Lecture this year.
Our main focus however, will be the pursuant of the Presidential Charter and the completion of additional classroom blocks.
With your collective efforts and tireless support, we will be able to attain all our objectives and reposition the CIB brand as a brand of distinction and excellence.
Thank you and God bless us all.