I would like to welcome you in an overview about the activities of the Egyptian Banking Institute, where we review together an epitome of its activities from both quantity and quality perspectives. EBI has achieved a number of successes in its contention for superiority in the banking training market. It is, also, keen to transgress the boundaries of training to become a unique knowledge center, where learners and trainees, either from within or without the banking sector, head to first.
Before I go on reciting the achievements and success stories of EBI throughout the last year, I would like to thank Prof., Hala El Said, currently the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Sciences and the previous executive director of the institute, for all her accomplishments. If it were not for her wise leadership, EBI would not have been the EBI. I would like to underline the huge responsibility placed on my humble-self; not only to nourish these accomplishments, but to steer EBI towards more challenges and accomplishments. I hope that my new role as the current executive director becomes another step on the roadmap of success and distinction.
Perhaps what makes my role more difficult is the critical phase experienced by Egypt, with all its challenges and hopes for a bright future where the efforts of everyone should be united. The basic building block of any progress is the political and economic stability, and this is the real engine behind the achievements of the Institute during the year 2013-2014.
In the context of expanding its activities of training and improvement of provided services and initiatives, the Institute offered one of the most unique features in the training market; the Demo-Bank. This model serves different training goals ranging from customer service and back-office functions, where the model simulates the environment of the true bank as to allow the trainees to break the barrier between training and actual practice within the interactive environment provided by the Demo-Bank.
The Institute succeeded as well in concentrating more on its role as a knowledge center, where its role does not stop at the borders of coaching and training, but extends to accommodate new partnerships with international bodies that include:
- University of London
- Development Dimension International (DDI)
- International Finance Corporation (IFC)
- Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP)
These partnerships have contributed to the enrichment of a set of new training packages, through which the Institute seeks to develop the training objectives to serve the needs and requirements of member banks. These new packages are available in English and Arabic; allowing the attraction of more trainees and increase the segment of beneficiaries. Those programs are also characterized by their new interactive nature and their new training methodologies. The new packages include:
- Human Capital
- Leadership Excellence
- Business Skills
- Revenue Power
- Islamic Finance
- Information Technology
- Corporate Governance
In line with the directions of the Central Bank of Egypt and the implementation of its instructions regarding the best way to cater for the development of the Small and Medium Enterprises Sector (SMEs), the SMEs Unit team, at EBI, has worked on the initiative of MSMEs Census in Egypt. The results of this census can be easily viewed through an electronic portal for MSMEs entrepreneurs and banks www.sme-egypt.org. The documented data and information serves the decision makers in banks to facilitate MSMEs access to finance, on one hand, and serve entrepreneurs, on the other, because they can see the best practices in their fields.
I do understand that staying on top is not easy, but I am confident and sure that EBI team is able to continue exerting all efforts, so as to maintain this success.