Standard Chartered Exits Gambia and Few Other countries

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Standard Chartered is quitting six African countries and shutting its consumer banking businesses in a further two to concentrate on more profitable markets.

The bank said it would close its operations in Gambia, Angola, Cameroon, Jordan, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe as well as Lebanon. It will also stop offering consumer and business banking in Tanzania and Cote d’Ivoire to focus on corporate and commercial banking.

It however noted that it will continue to serve corporate clients in all these markets from its international network

Standard Chartered said it had invested heavily in Africa and the Middle East (AME) including upgrading digital capabilities in African markets. It said the closures were part of a plan to redirect resources to high-growth markets.

The emerging markets lender has opened a branch in Saudi Arabia and gained approval for a banking licence in Egypt to concentrate on big, fast-growing economies.

“We are sharpening our focus on the most significant opportunities for growth while also simplifying our business. We remain excited by a number of opportunities we see in the AME region, as illustrated by our new markets, but remain disciplined in our assessment of where we can deliver significantly improved shareholder returns.

We are grateful to our colleagues and partners in each of these impacted markets for their hard work and dedication and are committed to supporting them through this transition,” Bill Winters, the bank’s Chief Executive

Credit :Reuters

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