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New pact with Microsoft good for Access bank’s 5-year Africa growth plan—Wigwe

The Group Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, has averred that fruitful discussions with the Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, in Seattle, USA will among other things, drive the spirit of its new strategic plan focusing on enhancing Africa’s position in the global community.
In his remarks shortly after the meeting, Wigwe noted that “Africa is currently experiencing a massive growth in wider access to and adoption of technology, especially in improving businesses processes and lifestyle as well as optimum use of resources.
“However, we still realise that there are still untapped and immense opportunities, to provide essential and well-secured channels for transactions using technology to raise the standard of banking services in Africa, even while understanding the socio-economic dynamics of the countries.”
In his response, Nadella boss said “I want Microsoft to enable organisations like Access Bank to innovate digitally, and grow their business exponentially.”
According to him, Access Bank is among the two entities capable of being the Alibaba of Nigeria via a massive retail operation or a large financial institution.
While stressing that “We need partners like you, who have deep ambition for exceptional customer service,” Nadella made it clear that “We will be delighted to form a deeper relationship with Access Bank, to drive innovation, and by extension exceptional customer experience in the African financial services space.”
Business Hilights gathered further that Access Bank through this partnership with Microsoft has already begun its five-year mission to enhancing the perception of Africa by drawing the attention of global community to the indigenous products of Africans – their rich history, people, culture, art, and lifestyle, while providing channels where businesses can fully participate in commercial activities globally.