Attijariwafa Bank group, which currently operates in 25 countries, including 14 in Africa, has injected nearly €3.05 billion into the economy of Ivory Coast since 2009.
Rabat – The Grand Chancellor of the National Order of Ivory Coast, Henriette Diabaté, presented the medal of Commander of the National Order of Ivory Coast to Mohamed El Kettani, CEO of Attijariwafa Bank.
Acting on behalf of Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, Diabaté honored the bank CEO on July 22 at the Grand Chancellery of National Order of Ivory Coast in Abidjan.
Among the 150 guests who attended the ceremony were the Ambassador of Morocco to Ivory Coast as well as several Ivorian Ministers. Members of the Attijariwafa bank, Ivorian Bank Corporation (SIB, subsidiary of the group), other local subsidiaries of the Group, corporate clients of the Attijariwafa bank in Ivory Coast, and heads of partner organizations of the SIB also attended the award giving.
Speaking on this occasion, Diabaté congratulated El Kettani for “the quality and volume” of Attijariwafa Bank’s activities in Ivory Coast at a time when Morocco represents the first African economic partner of Ivory Coast.
“I am particularly happy to see in you a figure and a symbol of the
continuity of the friendly relations between our two countries,” affirmed Diabaté.
A press release from Attijariwafa bank group mentioned that “this distinction is a recognition of the commitment of the group, and of Mr. El Kettani, for the consolidation of Moroccan-Ivorian relations in particular and for strengthening South-South cooperation in general.”
El Kettani noted that this distinction is for him as well as for all the group’s employees. He sees it as an encouragement to continue the efforts made for an efficient and inclusive South-South cooperation.
“In the space of a few years, our Ivorian subsidiary (SIB) has become a major player in household financing, since it granted, on average, 15,000 consumer loans per year,” said El Kettani.