Stanbic Zambia Schools Financial Journalists
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Stanbic Zambia CEO Leina Gabaraane

On Thursday 9th August, 2018, Stanbic Bank held a Media Training Session on financial markets at the leadership centre in Lusaka’s Kabulonga area.

The Session which attracted Journalists from both Print (Newspaper) and Broadcast (Radio and Television) was aimed at educating participants on financial markets and building the already existing relationship between Stanbic Bank and the media.

Some topics covered include, understanding the Zambian Economy and Investment banking. Speaking during the session, Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Officer Leina Gabaraane called for a strong partnership between the Bank and media practitioners in order to build the country’s economy.

Mr Gabaraane also implored Journalists to desist from damaging the image of the country by ensuring that their reporting does not scare away investors. He said there is need for them communicate correct information to the masses. He further stated that Zambia’s economy is currently performing well compared to other countries as evidenced by a stable political environment, interest rates, inflation rate among things.

He said this should encourage the media to tell a good story about the country in order to attract investors. We agree him because in the era of fake news and overzealous reporting, astute investors are easily swayed from making investments in certain geographical locations due to the geopolitical picture that is painted.

As, we strive to ensure that we only report on the numbers as that is the source of fact. However, we also scrutinize the source the numbers hence our dependence on audited accounts from leading firms such as KPMG and HLB Zambia.

We can only hope this wont be the last time Stanbic courts the press with such educational platforms. They understand the premise by which value is created and hence they are a player in the game banking that has chosen to ensure that information that goes to the public is from professionally trained reporters. Thumbs up Leina!!

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