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Employ qualified staff, banks told

GO YE AND SERVE —Mtenje seems to be telling a graduate

Banks have been challenged to employ well trained personnel to effectively serve the country’s growing need for banking services.

University of Malawi Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Al Mtenje said this during a graduation ceremony of over 200 bankers who graduated with certificates and diplomas in Blantyre.

“Banking sector plays a very important role in the economy and the national economy so for that to happen they need well qualified individuals to work in the sector. The graduates we have produced today are appropriate for that task as they will be working in areas of management, marketing, finance and different areas of the banking sector,” Mtenje said.

Mtenje then challenged the graduating students to remain open minded, saying the will continue learning right in the field.

“In the field they will find people who have been members of staff for years so they should be ready to learn more. They should also aim at upgrading their qualifications even further up as today they have graduated with certificates and diplomas,” he said.

Institute of Bankers Chief Executive Officer, Lyness Nkungula, said bankers have to be in touch with the world, saying banking trends are changing every day.

“Banks are like a vehicle which drives the economy of any country and worldwide trends in the banking sector every day. It is important that bankers remain in touch with the trends in the sector through these types of trainings,” she said.

Nkungula expressed optimism that the graduates have gained requisite knowledge to make a difference in the sector.

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