RDF Ghana LBG, in collaboration with the National Banking College, with the support of the Association of Rural Banks (ARB) and ARB Apex Bank, has unveiled a training program named RDF Executive Management Essentials for Rural Banking (REMERB) to meet the growing training needs of rural and community banks (RCBs) in Ghana.
At an event that took place at the National Banking College, bringing together more than 50 key stakeholders from the rural and community banking sector, key contributors engaged participants on the details of REMERB and enabled a discourse on the inclusion of other elements that could further strengthen the program.
The Managing Director (CEO) of RDF Ghana. Mr. Yaw Oppong said, “RDF Ghana finds it rewarding to spearhead support for institutions that are critical to delivering on our mandate of promoting inclusive rural development in Ghana by primarily providing value chain finance. agriculture and renewable energies and complementing this intervention. with technical assistance.
According to him, the partnership for such a program was born out of consistent and intentional engagements with RDF’s partner financial institutions (IFP).
The CEO said that the assessments of these PFIs have been consolidated and their challenges resolved for the formulation of a corrective program which is now known as RDF Executive Management Essentials for Rural Banking (REMERB).
“It is important to recognize that this program has been made possible through our partnership with the National Banking College, who have graciously provided their expertise and time to help develop this program,” he added.
On her part, the Principal of the National Banking College, Ms. Gloria Darline Quartey, said, “The National Banking College is privileged to be the lead implementer of this innovative program of RDF Ghana.
“We decided to take this trip with RDF Ghana because RDF’s goal is to see a more robust and resilient rural banking system in Ghana encompassed within our mission as a college to provide professional training to provide the capacity to ‘sustainable quality service to the banking and financial services industry through demand-driven training, applied research, consultancy and information dissemination.
She said they hope the program will deliver the desired result by helping to build the skills of rural and community banks that are at the forefront of delivering banking services to areas that need it most.
RDF Ghana board member Florence Ohene Kyei unveiled an artwork to mark the opening of the programme.
The Director of Studies at the National Banking College, Dr. Stephen Antwi, the lead facilitator of REMERB, introduced the participants to the modules of the course and invited his fellow faculty members to talk about various aspects of the program for which they would be facilitating .
The session was followed by a period of questions and comments on the program.
Dr. Antwi said he was pleased with the progress in formulating the program and spoke of his willingness to make the program work.
The BCRs were represented by the Executive Director of the Association of Rural Banks, Mrs. Comfort Owusu and the sector regulator, represented by the CEO of ARB Apex Bank, Mr. Alex Awuah, both partners of the event.
In their separate remarks, the two entities commended RDF Ghana LBG and NBC for their invaluable industry-wide support.
The event brought together the CEOs of the RCBs — the direct beneficiaries of REMERB — from various parts of the country who generally stated that the program was a timely and useful intervention to help them overcome the obstacles besetting the sector.