Africa’s Ecobank has injected $64 million into its Nigerian unit after its decision to adopt a different exchange rate for the naira to the one supported by the central bank affected its capital ratio, it reported recently.
Ecobank said its board decided in November to adopt a market exchange rate of N364 to the dollar, a move away from Nigeria’s official exchange rate of N306 to a dollar According to Reuters, the weaker rate is more commonly used in trading and has more liquidity than the official exchange rate.
Ecobank Nigeria recently unveiled an initiative for female entrepreneurs.
The initiative was designed to recognise women as special and unique customers who require tailor-made service offerings. The concept is designed to provide women with the necessary support to help them excel in their endeavours, promote and grow their businesses and generally position them for increased participation, validation and contribution within the society.
Revealing the initiative in Lagos, Managing Director, Patrick Akinwuntan, said: “increasingly, we are seeing the change in the attitudes of women, and their economic viability as individuals and leaders in their fields. Their banking and financial services as a whole, therefore present vast opportunities, if properly understood and managed.”