Kwadwo Aduameyaw Mante, the Corporate Credit Officer (COO) of Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) has earned for himself a 5-day educational trip to Kenya, sponsored by VegPro, largest fresh vegetable producer in Canada.
During the Agricultural Lending training organized by Ghana Incentive-Based Risk-Sharing System for Agricultural (GIRSAL) and the Development Bank in Accra, hosted at the National Banking College, Mr. Mante was adjudged one of the best students.
Emerging as the top student in the programme, the COO was sponsored a five-day agribusiness educational trip by the VegPro Group to Kenya. Mr. Mante was nominated for the programme by the Human Resources Department of UMB as part of its annual strategic learning plan to deliver its mid-term strategy.
“I am grateful for the investment the bank has made in my career in terms of equipping me with relevant resources for professional growth. I am highly honored to have been selected along with seven others from different financial institutions in Ghana to participate in this important educational trip sponsored by VegPro.
“I believe this will advance our knowledge base of the sector and help us to contribute immensely to the growth of agribusiness in Ghana and Africa.”Kwadwo Mante
These were the comments of the COO when he was given the opportunity to speak to the award received.
UMB’s Executive Director for Business, Nii Amankra Tetteh, in succession expressed delight and pride in the award received by Kwadwo Mante, esteeming also the Bank’s prowess.
“Kwadwo continues in a long line of excellence and thought-leadership by our human capital, stretching to 1972.UMB has always attracted the best, and constantly strives to develop our teams by delivering an agile and high performing culture. We are proud of Kwadwo, and he typifies the quality of our bench strength, which is focused on delivering world class banking to Ghana.”Mr. Tetteh
Mr. Mante departs for Nairobi within the week for the study tour, which will include a visit to VegPro’s packaging and logistics facility in Nairobi; a tour of VegPro farms in Naivasha, and a networking dinner event.
An Overview of UMB
UMB is a full service financial institution specialized in customized banking products and services. It is a leading indigenous bank with considerable financial expertise, reputed to be Ghana’s first merchant bank.
The bank was established on March, 1972 and aspires to deliver a uniquely Ghanaian take on world class banking. UMB is noted for adequately addressing the financial needs of various segments of the financial market through its corporate, business, private, personal and e-channels banking departments.
UMB has thirty-six (36) branches across Ghana with three Centres for Businesses stationed in Kumasi, Accra and Kasoa; one PPP Incubator Centre in Accra; and a vast ATM Network.
The bank operates a number of digital solutions, including its award-winning mobile app, UMB SpeedApp; making banking easy and accessible by all.
VegPro, originally, a produce trading company, supplying primarily ethnic markets in the UK, first became involved in its own farming operations in 1986.
Its first main step change in the vegetable business was in 1995, when the company built the vegetable packing operations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi which led to supplying the first UK retail customer.
VegPro has since, become the dominant force in vegetable growing, packing and exporting from Kenya, with a wide range of product on offer both through organic growth and farm acquisition.
The company’s floricultural operations started in the 1980’s with the production of summer flowers for export, following in 2001 by the planting the first roses. Subsequently, the rose business has grown organically, through innovation and acquisition to be a significant player in World Floriculture.