The Kenya Bankers Association has signed a collaboration agreement with tech-firm Huawei Kenya that seeks to deepen financial inclusion in the financial services sector through further deployment of technology and building ICT capacity.
In the partnership, KBA will work closely with Huawei Kenya to spearhead industrywide capacity building initiatives aimed at promoting knowledge on fintech innovation, digital transformation, and other ICT-related programmes within the Kenyan banking industry.
Under the partnership, KBA and Huawei will also aim to promote financial inclusion activities in line with the KBA Strategic Plan for the period 2019 to 2023. Launched last year, the Plan seeks to promote access to affordable financial services through tech-aided operational efficiency.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement, KBA CEO Dr Habil Olaka, said the cooperation would go a long way in promoting the delivery of efficient banking services in Kenya through knowledge sharing programmes that will be organised by the two institutions.
“This partnership will further focus on research and knowledge-sharing activities, which will supplement the research initiatives that continue to be spearheaded by the Association’s Centre for Research on Financial Markets and Policy®. In this regard, the collaboration will certainly augment KBA’s and member banks’ knowledge base in engagements with diverse stakeholders from a fact-based perspective,’’ Dr Olaka added.
The partnership comes on the heels of the 2020 edition of the Huawei-KBA Online FSI Summit slated for 30 September this year. The forum is among the initiatives Huawei and KBA are jointly implementing to promote the delivery of efficient banking services through technology under the cooperation agreement.
Huawei Kenya CEO Will Meng welcomed the partnership, saying technology will remain a core driver towards enhancing convenient access to financial services in light of disruptive occurrences such as the ongoing Coronavirus Disease pandemic.
“The theme of the upcoming summit is Building Banking Core Competence through Digital Transformation to Accelerate Inclusive Finance. It is one of the initiatives we are rolling out in Kenya in partnership with the Association to ensure we optimally leverage on technology to achieve affordable and accessible financial services in the regional economy,’’ said Meng.
The summit comes at a time when the global economy is coping with the impact of the Coronavirus. Dr Olaka noted that the banking industry has continued to tap into the potential of technology to uphold business continuity and supporting customers, a culmination of efficient deployment of technology by the banking sector during this period.
“Beyond the COVID-19 disruption, we see technology as an invaluable enabler of financial inclusion. I have no doubt that the summit along with the KBA-Huawei collaboration will play a significant role in our collective efforts to entrench technology in our operations and sustain our contribution to the national development agenda,’’ the doctor said.
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