Microsoft 4Afrika partners FirstBank to support SMEs

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, in conjunction with Microsoft 4Afrika, will on Friday, host a free-to-attend event for SMEs in Nigeria, designed to promote technology adoption and skills development.

The event will serve as an official launch of the new partnership between Microsoft 4Afrika and FirstBank, following a memorandum of understanding signed earlier in June 2018.

The partnership seeks to build the capacity of local SMEs and accelerate their digital transformation, by providing them with exclusive and tailored non-financial solutions.

Participants will be exposed to skills development resources, access to business networks and an educational platform.

Head Customer Experience and Value Management, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Taiwo Shonekan, said: “This partnership with Microsoft enables us to deliver a portfolio of non-financial solutions to our SME customers. We have over the last 125 years supported SMEs in building their business, whilst contributing to the national economy.

“With this partnership, FirstBank customers can buy Microsoft products at discounted rates in the local currency – the naira – as this seamlessly aids technology adoption, skills and capacity development among SMEs in Nigeria.”

Regional Director of the Microsoft 4Afrika Initiative and the keynote speaker for the event, Amrote Abdella, said: “For SMEs, integrating technology into their operations is no longer an option, but a necessity for future growth and success.

“We’re looking forward to engaging in discussions that explore how technology can extend reach to new markets and improve productivity, which results in better customer service, more competitive offerings and the ability to act with agility.”