Published Date: December 15, 2003
Infosys wins key banking account in Zimbabwe
Bangalore, December 15, 2003 Infosys Technologies announced today that NMB Bank Limited, a leading bank from Zimbabwe, has selected its Finacle® suite of enterprise banking solutions.
NMB Bank Limited has chosen retail and corporate e-banking solutions from the Finacle suite from Infosys to power its Total Electronic Banking initiative. This win marks Infosys’ entry into Zimbabwe and further consolidates the company’s leadership position in Africa. With NMB Bank, Finacle has now extended its footprint to 7 countries in the African continent.
Expressing his delight on signing up with Infosys, Financial Director of NMB Bank Mr. Otto Chekeche said,” We view our Total Electronic Banking initiative as a key component in our strategy to expand our service delivery channels to our customers. Powered by a global banking solution like the Finacle banking e-platform, NMB Bank will be able to realize the benefits of an integrated delivery channel strategy, reduce costs, speed up time-to-market and make our business processes more efficient.”
He added,” Our decision to implement Finacle has been in part influenced by Infosys’ reputation as a successful and committed software solutions provider. We are confident that this initiative will give our bank the competitive advantage that we are looking for.”
Mr. Venkatramana Gosavi, Regional Manager – Africa, Banking Business Unit, Infosys Technologies, said, “We are delighted to partner with NMB Bank as their strategic IT partner. Africa is a key focus market for us and with a leading bank like NMB Bank, we have gained entry into the competitive Southern African market. This win is very important for us in Africa since it is the first win for Finacle eChannels and Finacle eCorporate independent of our core-banking solution. Finacle today has emerged as the preferred banking solution suite for progressive banks in Africa and we are sure that with our superior product backed by Infosys’ successful delivery track record, NMB Bank will derive significant business benefits through this initiative.”
NMB Bank Limited (then National Merchant Bank of Zimbabwe Limited) was established in October 1992 by a group of young, professional directors who had previously held senior positions in financial institutions including the World Bank. In December 1999, NMB Bank acquired a commercial banking licence, which has meant that the bank is now able to offer one-stop-banking to corporates and business people. The commercial bank opened its doors to the public in July 2000. Listed on ZSE and twice a recipient of the Euromoney, Best Bank in Zimbabwe Award, NMB Bank is recognized for service excellence and product innovations.
Infosys, a world leader in consulting and information technology services, partners with Global 2000 companies to provide business consulting, systems integration, application development and product engineering services. Through these services, Infosys enables its clients to fully exploit technology for business transformation. Clients leverage Infosys’ Global Delivery Model to achieve higher quality, rapid time-to-market and cost-effective solutions. Infosys has over 19,000 employees in over 30 offices worldwide. For more information, visit www.infosys.com or www.finacle.com
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