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In a move aimed at streamlining its operations in the Africa and Middle East (AME) region, Standard Chartered Bank has finalized the sale of its consumer banking business in Côte d’Ivoire to Coris Bank International Côte D’Ivoire. This divestment marks the conclusion of a series of strategic transactions initiated in April 2022, aligning with the bank’s commitment to enhancing efficiency and concentrating resources on core areas.

Key Highlights of the Divestment:

Final Piece of the Puzzle: The sale of the consumer banking business in Côte d’Ivoire represents the last step in a comprehensive divestment strategy. Similar transactions were previously executed in Zimbabwe, Lebanon, Angola, Cameroon, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Jordan, and Tanzania.
Strategic Streamlining: Standard Chartered’s decision to divest aligns with its global strategy to simplify operations, reduce complexity, and drive scale across the AME region.

Focus on Core Business: While parting ways with the consumer banking segment, Standard Chartered will maintain a strong presence in Ivory Coast through its corporate, commercial, and institutional banking services. This decision allows the bank to leverage its established expertise in these sectors.

The transaction is expected to be finalized in the coming months, with a carefully planned transition to minimize disruption for both customers and employees. Standard Chartered remains steadfast in its commitment to the Africa and Middle East region, concentrating on delivering best-in-class services and expertise to clients in key sectors. This strategic move reinforces the bank’s dedication to optimizing its operations for long-term success in the dynamic financial landscape.

By: Delino Gayweh
Serrari Financial Analyst
December 19, 2023

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