FIRSTBank, the leading financial institution in Nigeria and a provider of top-notch financial inclusion services, received the prestigious title of Best Corporate Bank at the recent Euromoney Awards for Excellence in Nigeria 2023.
Securing the coveted award, the Bank earned this recognition for its enduring 130-year dedication to empowering corporate clients to attain success through customized financial solutions. FirstBank’s sustained commitment to technological advancements has played a pivotal role in solidifying its position as an industry leader, adept at precisely addressing the requirements of its corporate clientele. Notable recent investments in technology encompass the creation of the innovative Transaction Banking Platform, FirstDirect2.0, characterized by its smart and interactive features.
FirstDirect2.0 provides a one-stop shop online banking platform for corporates, offering best-in-class capabilities such as Payments, Collections, and Account Services, and a locally focused phased implementation of Trade and Supply Chain Finance – a first for the Bank.
The platform offers customers various solutions for corporate cash management (Payments, Collections and Liquidity Management). It will also deliver end-to-end trade solutions for corporate clients covering L/C creation, tracking, bidding and reconciliations.
The Bank’s Corporate Banking model is focused on ensuring that its clients get the same quality of service across the Bank’s geographical locations. The execution of this approach through the deployment of the Global Account Management (GAM) Framework, implemented to enhance cross-relationship management tailored to Customers with a Pan African footprint.
Dedicating the awards to its customers, Dr Adesola Adeduntan, CEO FirstBank Group said: “We are thrilled to announce that we have been recognised as the Best Corporate Bank in Nigeria at the Euromoney Awards for Excellence 2023.
“We say a heartfelt thank you to all our incredible customers for trusting us. This award is dedicated to YOU,” he concluded.
According to Euromoney, the “Awards for Excellence” – is the definitive annual awards programme of the global banking industry. The awards represent the highest distinction to the banks and bankers who matter most in an industry where differentiation is highly sought after and exceptionally difficult to demonstrate.”
“For over 30 years, Euromoney has recognised the banks and that have demonstrated their differentiation, pioneering a comprehensive awards programme that today remains the industry benchmark globally, it concluded.”
Amongst other awards, FirstBank recently added to its awards kitty, Best Corporate Bank Western Africa, 2023, by Global Banking and Finance; Best Internet Banking in Nigeria, 2023 by International Business Awards; the Most Innovative Banking Brand in Nigeria by Global Brands Awards as well as the Financial Institution of the Year 2023 by Afreximbank Pan-African Business and Development.