Nairobi, Kenya, 22nd Feb, 2012: Barclays Bank of Kenya Ltd. has today announced its support for the AITEC Banking & Mobile Money COMESA Conference in a partnership that will reinforce its drive to support banking innovation and the deepening of technology in the industry.

The Bank announced that it will facilitate the business media to report on important talks at the AITEC conference which has attracted over 70 local and international expert speakers on issues ranging from banking security, banking regulations, banking technologies and payment innovation as well as Anti-Money Laundering.

“Barclays support of the 6th AITEC Banking & Mobile Money COMESA Conference will help boost industry awareness on the key advances made in banking innovation, and other issues regarding banking in the region. We will be facilitating business media to report on the content-rich talks and presentations at the conference,” said Barclays Chief Operating Officer, Abdi Mohamed.

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The conference will be held inNairobiover 7th and 8th March 2012 and will draw experts and thought-leaders from the wider Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA) region.

Barclays will facilitate a media workshop and also support the installation of a media centre at the conference where media will be able to review presentations, file their reports and also interview experts speakers and leaders attending the conference.

Themed “Showcasing the Region’s Banking and Mobile Payment Innovation Successes” the conference comes at a time whenEast Africais increasingly being identified as leading in innovation, particularly in mobile payments technology.

During the conference, the Chief Operating Officer will make a presentation based on the Bank’s successful implementation of Online andMobilebanking platforms, as well as its efforts to enhance its ATM network. The Bank also recently introduced new technology which has transformed itsContactCenterinto a virtual bank that operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

“Things are changing and technology is becoming a key driver of the whole new experience that banks are giving customers today. With this trend, Barclays recently invested heavily in a core banking platform and credit card system to ensure that customers enjoy the best there is on offer in terms of access, speed, security and quality of service,” he said.

For its ICT initiatives, last year Barclays won the “Best Bank in Technology” Award during the 2011 Banking Awards sponsored by Think Business.

The conference, billed as the biggest innovation gathering in the commercial and central banking as well as mobile payments sectors, will showcase the region’s new breed of innovators, software developers, payment aggregators and financial service providers and their latest products.

AITEC Africa Chairman Sean Moroney lauded Barclays Bank for supporting the conference over the years adding that the conference was key to information sharing and review of the technology trends in banking and mobile money in the region.

“Barclays have over the years been major partners in our efforts to entrench the latest technologies in the banking industry. The Bank has supported our activities consistently and we are very honored by this commitment,” said Moroney.

Deep investment in ICT has seen Barclays transform the banking experience acrossAfricaand around the world. Introduction of some unique propositions in multiple countries, including Wave and Pay in theUK, and Cash Send by Absa inSouth Africa.

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