Co-op Bank does Kenya proud, yet again


By Boy Matumbai

The Co-operative Bank of Kenya has, for the umpteenth time, placed Kenya on the global financial map, with the internationally acclaimed Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) adding the top lender to the coveted ranks of its Frontiers Index Small Cap Index.

More significantly, Co-op Bank, alongside the local chapter of the British African Tobacco (BAT), carried Kenya’s flag high up there, being the sole African country that produced cooperate organisations on the index that lists preeminent blue-chip listed stocks from select frontier markets of Asia, Middle East, parts of Europe and Africa.In essence, the phenomenal inclusion in the index raises the visibility of a listed company among potential investors keen on latching onto opportunity in frontier markets.

The MSCI Frontier Markets Indexes are an embodiment of large, mid-sized capitalisation establishments and offer a broad representation of the equity opportunity set while taking investment requirements into consideration within each Frontier Market.

So far, 32 countries are classified by MSCI as Frontier markets. 23 of these fall in the category of MSCI Frontier Markets Index. MSCI’s client portfolio includes the who-is-who in the banking industry, asset managers and wealth managers across the globe.

It provides a broad-based solutions model that cuts across risk management, portfolio management, managed solutions, regulatory solutions and fixed income analytics.

Aside indexes, MSCI is renowned in real estate investing and factor investing solutions, for over for decades now providing global investors with research-based tools and services including but not limited to data and regulatory reporting.

Co-op Bank’s latest feat on the international scene follows a streak of high profile accomplishments in the recent years that continue to tag Kenya along the global financial market.

Towering financial giant at our best.

In 2015, for instance, the bank scooped the esteemed Bank of the Year Financial Inclusion Award under the auspices of the globally respected London-based Financial Times, navigating through a stiff challenge from over 50 other entries from all over the world.

Earlier in 2014, Co-op Bank received the VISA Co-brand Championship Award, not to mention two MoneyGram awards the bank scooped for turning out tops in the Best Receiving Agent and Best Agent Marketing Investment categories.

Muriuki: Co-op Bank’s high achieving Team Leader

As if 2014 was its year, the bank also ran away with twin honours in the Best Bank in Retail Banking and Best Bank in Microfinance categories during the 2014 East African Banking Awards gala outing.

What’s more, Co-op Bank would in the same year be recognized by the International Banker Magazine as the Best Innovation in Retail Banking outfit in the magazine’s 2014 Africa and Middle East Banking Awards.

And to cap this roller-coaster term, Co-op Bank’s high achieving Team Leader, Dr Gideon Muriuki, was in 2014 voted the Bank CEO of the Year in Africa, a fat largely attributable to demonstrating remarkable foresight in safeguarding the bank’s identity in its expansionist tendencies beyond the country.

Other notable accomplishments include its recognition as the Most Green Bank in 2013, Bank of the Year in Kenya and Best Company in Corporate Governance in 2011.

Boy Matumbai is a Consulting Editor and Editorial Director at Byline Media Services. Email:

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