FINANCE Minister Alexander Chikwanda has commended Stanbic Bank Zambia for its continued support of traditional ceremonies in Zambia.
Mr Chikwanda appealed to other financial institutions to emulate Stanbic Bank.
Mr Chikwanda was speaking in Lusaka on Sunday evening when he received a K50, 000 cheque from the bank towards the holding of this year’ Ukusefya Pa Ngwena ceremony of the Bemba people.
He received the money during the prize-giving ceremony at a golf tournament held at State House to raise funds for the traditional ceremony
He said the cheque would go a long way in helping with the organization of the 2016 ceremony in August and called on other financial institutions to emulate Stanbic.
And acting chief executive officer of Stanbic Bank Zambia, Helen Lubamba said, Zambia remained a country with diverse cultures and through traditional ceremonies it was able to reconnect with its roots not only as communities but as a nation in celebrating and encouraging its diversity.
Ms Lubamba said as a bank that had been rooted in Zambia for close to 60 years, it realised the importance of the heritage and its preservation.
She said Stanbic Bank Zambia placed a lot of focus on culture, particularly traditional ceremonies.
Ms Lubamba said the bank believed that each society was built on heritage and traditions which were passed on to generations to preserve their culture.
She said it was the second year that the bank had supported the ceremony, adding that a country without a culture was lost as it encompassed history, values and norms.
“Zambia remains a country with diverse cultures and through traditional ceremonies; we are able to reconnect with our roots not only as communities but as a nation in celebrating and encouraging our diversity,
“As a bank that has been rooted in Zambia for close to 60 years, we realise the importance of our heritage and its preservation,’’ she said.
She noted that through ceremonies like Ukusefya Pa Ngw’ena future generations would continue to identify with their culture even as Zambia continued to engage the wider world.
“As a bank we say Zambia is our home and we drive her growth. We believe that we are integral to the development of this country and we are committed to making a sustainable difference to the communities in which we operate,” she said.
Stanbic Bank was recently awarded the ‘Best Bank in Zambia’ prize by Euro Money Excellent Awards as the bank continued to invest in key economic development sectors.