Like all nations, Kenya has been founded on the efforts of many people, institutions, organizations, corporations and professions. One of the foundations upon which the nation has been built is the banking profession and the banks and institutions through which that profession is practiced.
Banking in Kenya has contributed tremendously to the growth of the national economy and wellbeing of millions of Kenyans since before the county’s independence on December 12 1963.
Evolving Role of Kenya Bankers Association
In July 2012, the Kenya Bankers Association celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, barely a year before the nation’s own jubilee celebration of independence. The occasion brought together leading personalities in the banking industry, both past and present, as well as a number of key officials, including the President of the African Development Bank, Donald Kaberuka; and the Minister for Finance, Njeru Githae.
Addressing guests at the gathering Habil Olaka, chief executive officer of the Association paid glowing tribute to Kenyan bankers and their staff for their important role in shaping Kenya’s history throughout the nation’s first fifty years of independence.