Equity Bank defended its position as East Africa’s leading bank when the Bank won five awards at the fourth Banker Africa East Africa Banking Awards, 2017. These are; the Best Retail Bank in East Africa, the Best Retail Bank in Kenya, the Best Bank in CSR East Africa, the Best Digital Bank in Kenya and the Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. James Mwangi, was named the East African Banker of the Year.

Equity Bank CEO Dr. James Mwangi, while remarking on the awards said, “Equity Bank continues to challenge itself and develop products & services that meet the needs and aspirations of our customers in order to remain competitive while at the same time offering our customers exemplary experience. These awards reflect recognition for Equity Bank’s position as the bank of choice in East Africa”.

The winners are chosen based on analysis of their financial results, as well as their strategic developments and overall achievements in the year. The aim of the Awards programme, which is split into four individual regions (North Africa, East Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa), is to recognize outstanding performance and excellence in the financial services industry.

Equity Bank has 266 branches across Eastern Africa out of which 177 branches are in Kenya. The bank has a suite of digital products which meet the ever evolving needs of its customers. These products include: EazzyApp for Mobile Banking available for download on Google Play and Apple Store on any mobile network; EazzyPay, a mobile payment platform for bills, goods and services; EazzyLoan for mobile loans that can be obtained through EazzyApp or Equitel; EazzyBiz, a Corporate Cash and Liquidity Management internet banking system; EazzyNet, an internet banking system for individuals and retail customers; Eazzy API a platform that allows any 3rd party to integrate their systems to Equity Bank and EazzyChama which is a banking solution that caters for Groups or Joint accounts not forgetting Equitel, a mobile banking solution that allows customers to access banking services through a SIM card and telecom services.

Category shortlists and nominations to those categories are decided by a judging panel of industry specialists approached by CPI Financial. The Awards process is based on peer-votes. Readers and registered users of the Banker Africa website are invited to vote for the institution of choice during a four week voting phase. The Banker Africa Website is the only dedicated monthly banking and finance magazine title for the continent of Africa.

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