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Over 100 bankers graduate from Rwanda Academy of Finance

By Esther Muhozi
On 11 December 2023 at 04:06

A total of 113 bank employees have successfully completed a training course organized by the Rwanda Academy of Finance (RAF) to enhance their skills in providing good service in the finance sector. The graduation ceremony for the first RAF1 and second RAF2 cohorts, who underwent a six-month training program, took place on December 9, 2023.

The event was graced by the presence of the Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda, John Rwangombwa, alongside heads of various banks in Rwanda and the Rwanda Banks Association (RBA), which founded the RAF center, along with its partners.

The training covered essential aspects of banking, including banking operations, asset management, lending, and more. The course was structured in three stages: the first for those with general banking knowledge, the second for middle-level managers, and the third for senior bank managers.

Governor John Rwangomba commended the Rwanda Bankers’ Association for its ongoing efforts to bridge the skills gap in the finance sector, emphasizing the graduates’ role in effecting positive change and adapting to the evolving world. He highlighted the importance of the knowledge gained in facing challenges and shaping the future of finance.

The Governor also appreciated the inclusion of courses addressing anti-corruption, financial support for terrorist activities, and suggested an expansion of security-related courses, encompassing technology and climate change, for a stable financial system.

Hannington Namara, the Managing Director of Equity Bank in Rwanda and head of the Rwanda Bankers’ Association, emphasized that the graduates, all from financial institutions, are now equipped to contribute to the development and sustainability of their respective companies.

Tony Francis Ntore, the CEO of RBA, encouraged the graduates to uphold integrity in their daily work. Graduates, such as Bakinga Deo from the Bank of Kigali, emphasized the importance of sharing acquired knowledge with colleagues for mutual growth and professional development.

The graduates expressed their gratitude, with Monica Kyamazima from I&M Bank Rwanda Plc highlighting the value of the knowledge gained in developing and transforming banking services.

The commitment to continuous learning was echoed by CĂ©lestin Rubirima, who underscored the versatility gained from the course, enabling employees to excel in various roles within the banking sector.

Rwanda Bankers’ Association (RBA) has set a goal to train at least 150 bank employees by 2025, building on the success of previous training cycles.

Graduates emphasized the importance of sharing acquired knowledge with colleagues for mutual growth and professional development.
Tony Francis Ntore, the CEO of RBA, encouraged the graduates to uphold integrity.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda, John Rwangombwa.
Hannington Namara, the Managing Director of Equity Bank in Rwanda and head of the Rwanda Bankers' Association addressing graduates.

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