The Egyptian Banking Institute (EBI), the training arm of the Central Bank of Egypt, launched the first round of “Future Leaders” online training programme with the participation of eight African countries. It is a new addition to the Institute’s remotely-implemented programmes and services, and comes as a contribution from the EBI to African central banks.
Abdel Aziz Nossier, EBI Executive Director, said, “This programme reinforces bilateral relations and contributes to the development and preparation of African calibres to assume leadership positions in the banking sector across the continent. Future Leaders is one of the strategic programmes offered by the institute to the Egyptian banking sector since 1995 to prepare and nurture the second generation of Egyptian banking leaders. This programme is designed to address various topics aiming to develop the leadership skills of the participants and to refine their technical knowledge.”
The programme is divided into four modules: leadership and management skills, technical knowledge/ effectiveness, simulation games, and motivational sessions. Fifty-six candidates from 11 African countries have applied to participate in this programme who met the admission criteria. Virtual placement tests were conducted remotely. A total 13 trainees reached the final stage of admission representing eight African central banks.
The programme, initially planned to be conducted in March and April at the EBI headquarters in Cairo, was redesigned and announced in a new format due to current precautionary measures to counter the spread of the new coronavirus. The programme copes with the current circumstances by ensuring the safety of trainees, hence relying on e-learning and online education.
Nossier said, “This programme is an extension of the Institute’s continued efforts to amplify its activities across the African continent. Two years ago, the EBI provided its services to only eight African countries, but today we serve 42 countries. Since the Institute’s establishment in 1991, it has had 3,072 African trainees.”