Clifford Duke Mettle heads Chartered Institute of Bankers
By Chris Twum
Until his election at the 16th National Banking Conference, Mr. Clifford was the Vice President of the association who was also acting as the President.
The seasoned banker is described as a core strategist and accomplished training consultant with over 29 years of a blossomed banking career.
He is a chartered banker (UK), a fellow of the CIB, Ghana, and MBA holder from the University of Ghana Business School. He has experiences in international trade finance, marketing, corporate and institutional banking and banking operations.
Mr. Mettle has held various positions at the Ghana Commercial Bank in Accra and London offices, the then Metropolitan and Allied Bank and also headed the International Banking, Marketing and Corporate Banking units of the National Investment Bank.
His election, along with two others, has come as a shot in the arm of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, which was registered in 1978 to train human resource in banking and help shape banking ethics and professionalism.
The other elected office holders include Mrs. Patricia Sappor, Vice President, who works with Ecobank; Mr. Francis Achampong, Stanbic Bank, Treasurer, and Mr. Anthony Oppong, the Chief Executive Officer of CIB.
Under his leadership, the CIB will push for the maximum use of e-Banking and other payment systems in the country to ensure a wider inclusion of the majority of Ghanaians, especially the marginalized and unbanked, into the formal financial system.
The Institute will also promote financial intermediation and inclusion to ensure that a greater percentage of the Ghanaian population, particularly those in the rural areas also benefit from financial services.
This is based on the fact that mobile phone use is almost 100 per cent in the country and it is being used by ordinary persons in society, including traders, farmers, artisans, apprentices and mechanics, those often perceived as illiterates.
But the leadership of Clifford Mettle, who is also the General Manager, International, and Product Development at uniBank Ghana, believes that given the high penetration of mobile phones, e-banking products will help migrate the financially marginalized into the formal banking system and the CIB will, therefore, beat that path.
The institute will also now be seen, often making suggestions to ministries, agencies and departments on pressing national issues, particularly those that affect the financial services sector or some of its members.
Making inputs into the national budget economic policy of the government will also now become a regular and annual affair.
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