At a media cocktail on Friday, Republic Bank (Guyana) Managing Director, Richard S Sammy revealed that the bank intends to focus more on supporting social programmes in Guyana, key among them being; working with the relevant stakeholders in addressing the issue of teenage pregnancy.
Sammy, in his address to the gathering, disclosed that in 2016 the company would be implementing its “Power to Make a Difference” programme which would seek to improve environmental literacy and combat the issue of teenage pregnancy.
He added that the Bank’s agenda would also see it focusing on youth development, strengthening of Guyana’s rich cultural heritage and being a voice for Autism Awareness in Guyana.
Sammy said that over the years, the Bank has taken pride in making a difference in the countries where it serves in partnership with Government Ministries. The company declared that it has spent a sum of Gy$350 million on projects over the three-year phase which started in 2003. Some of these projects were: The Republic Bank RightStart Music Literacy Programme, Youth Link Apprenticeship Programme, transportation for persons with disabilities, Promenade Gardens maintenance and working with teen mothers to overcome the challenges of early teen pregnancies, among others.
In addition to contributing to Guyana’s social improvement, the company is anticipating the opening of another Republic Bank outlet. “We are moving ahead with the expansion and upgrades, with plans for a new banking facility at Triumph, East Coast Demerara to further enhance customers’ access to the Bank’s suite of products and services,” Sammy informed.
Speaking at the event also was General Manger of the Bank’s Trinidad branch, Michelle Palmer-Keizer, who highlighted the achievements the company has made in the countries in which it is established. These included the Bank of The Year- Caribbean 2015 and Bank of The Year-Trinidad and Tobago 2015 which was accorded to the Bank by the world-renowned business publication, Latin Finance.