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National Bank of Pakistan collaborates with Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation in Blood Donation Drive

Karachi, July 09, 2018 (PPI-OT): National Bank of Pakistan(NBP) has facilitated Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation (AMTF) in organizing a ‘Blood Donation Camp’ at the NBP Head Office to receive blood donations from NBP employees for later blood transfusions to patients specially children suffering from thalassemia and other blood related diseases. This initiative received an overwhelming response and large units of blood were collected. NBP employees volunteered enthusiastically and worked in conjunction with the medical teams of AMTF to make the Blood Donation Camp a real success.

NBP President Saeed Ahmad in his message said, “Voluntary blood donation is a valuable service to people in severe medical emergencies. NBP has always been a front-runner in setting-up such health camps for the benefit of the communities. It gives me great pleasure to see our employees enthusiasm and support for such causes, and demonstrating their strong sense of social responsibility.”

Regarding the collaboration with NBP, AMTF Executive Director, Ateeq-Ur- Rehman said “We appreciate NBP’s efforts in highlighting the issues and challenges of those suffering from Thalassemia in Pakistan. Blood is the life line of Thalassemia Children, but sadly there is scarcity of blood for them. Thalassemia is a havoc and a cyclone which is ruining our generation. I requested NBP to join hands to eradicate Thalassemia from Pakistan and I am satisfied with the positive and encouraging response I received from the Bank. With increased efforts, we can help the afflicted children and may prevent new cases by raising awareness about Thalassemia.”

The World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) event was established in 2004, which serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. Afzaal Memorial Thalassemia Foundation (AMTF) is engaged in managing Thalassemia Intensive Care Unit (ICU) with all required sub-specialties clinics, medical and diagnostic services for the patients suffering from Thalassemia and these services are ‘free-of-cost’ to the needy one.

NBP organizes such blood donation camps every year which is in addition to donations offered to entities engaged in social welfare activities – without any discrimination. This is in accordance with our mission statement to discharge our social responsibility as a good corporate citizen of Pakistan.

For more information, contact:
Vice President / Divisional Head (A)
National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)
Corporate Communication and Brand Management Division
Head Office, NBP Building, I.I. Chundrigar Road,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99220773
Cell: +92-300-8202184
Fax: +92-21-99212734
Email: ibne.hassan@nbp.com.pk

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Karandaaz supporting Digitization of National Bank of Pakistan

Islamabad, June 19, 2018 (PPI-OT): Karandaaz Pakistan and National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) have partnered to launch a nationwide initiative for the promotion of digital financial inclusion by implementing a robust Application Programming Interface (API) on Apigee. Apigee is a leading API platform owned by Google. The implementation of Apigee is provided by Abacus Consulting that is the sole provider of Apigee services in Pakistan.

This development will help the largest government owned bank to digitize its transactions end to end primarily Government to Person (G2P) and Person to Government (P2G) transactions. The platform will also enable NBP to collaborate with its various existing and potential partners such as government entities, micro-financial services (MFS) players, telecom companies, financial networks, and FinTechs.

Saeed Ahmad, CEO and President, National Bank of Pakistan said, “NBP as a national institution believes that its primary responsibility is not only to derive the market towards the financial eco-system but also act as a catalyst in enabling other players to embrace the digital age. Launch of Open API Platform by NBP is a strategic milestone in this direction and sharing its digital assets with strategic partners and fintechs, NBP will accelerate the pace of digitizing the economy and transfer the benefits of the same to the masses.”

CEO Karandaaz, Ali Sarfraz, while discussing the development said, “This partnership between Karandaaz and NBP will play a profound role in catalyzing the process of financial inclusion in Pakistan by bringing technology to the table. We are confident that with this technology, NBP will be a front-runner in this drive to change the way the banks interact with their clientele in the country. Karandaaz is excited to be part of this initiative that will affect the lives of over 200 million Pakistanis.”

Rehan Akhtar, Director Karandaaz Digital said, “By the disbursement of payments to the account-holders through digital channels such as mobile wallets and over-the-counter (OTCs), banks can reduce costs and expand delivery of financial products and services to the masses. Developments such as this at NBP will certainly enable the country to develop an agile, digitally-empowered financial ecosystem.”

Mudassir H. Khan, SEVP / Group Chief – Payment Services and Digital Banking Group, National Bank of Pakistan said, “With the launch of Open API Gateway, NBP has achieved another strategic milestone towards the digitization. Being the only bank with strategic partnership with all major Mobile Money Players in Pakistan, primarily NBP will digitize the government transactions through internal and external channels and secondly, NBP will speed up the market disruption by introducing transactions for millennials like digital account opening, digital credit, digital channel for inward remittances etc.”

The portal is accessible to the public through the link: https://developer.nbp.com.pk/

Karandaaz Pakistan, is promoting financial inclusion for individuals by employing technology enabled digital solutions and access to finance for micro, small and medium businesses through a commercially directed investment platform. The company has financial and institutional support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID).

National Bank of Pakistan is a leading bank of the country playing its role as catalyst for economic growth while serving the nation through diversified product offering, promoting innovation, and superior service quality. The bank is striving to constantly improve its universal banking capabilities, introduce multiple delivery channels and invest in people and processes to generate sustainable higher returns for its stakeholders.

For more information, contact:
Vice President / Divisional Head (A)
National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)
Corporate Communication and Brand Management Division
Head Office, NBP Building, I.I. Chundrigar Road,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99220773
Cell: +92-300-8202184
Fax: +92-21-99212734
Email: ibne.hassan@nbp.com.pk

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National Bank of Pakistan, Balochistan’s Excise, Taxation and Anti-Narcotics Department sign agreement for automation of tax collections

Quetta, June 01, 2018 (PPI-OT): The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) signs an agreement with Balochistan’s Excise, Taxation and Anti-Narcotics department for the automation of tax collection system across the province. The agreement was signed by ...

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National Bank of Pakistan inaugurates ‘Aitemaad’ Islamic Banking Branch at G-9 Islamabad

Karachi, March 08, 2018 (PPI-OT): The National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) in its quest to promote Islamic Banking in Pakistan has inaugurated another new branch of Aitemaad at I and T Center, located in the Sector G-9/1 of Islamabad, taking the total number of Islamic Banking branches to 170. The ceremony was attended by the President and CEO of NBP – Mr. Saeed Ahmad, accompanied by the Group Head of NBP Islamic Banking – Mr. Khawaja M. Aminul Azam along with numerous dignitaries and senior officials from National Highway Authority and Jamshoro Power Company. The local traders and businessmen were also present.

In the inaugural address, Mr. Muhammad Tariq Khattak, SVP, Regional Head of Islamic Banking, Islamabad appreciated the vision and efforts of the President and Group Head for expanding the network across Pakistan. NBP plans to open/convert nearly 50 more branches in 2018.

“We strongly believe that Islamic Banking promises great transparency and fairness to the consumers, hence it has great potential in a developing nation like Pakistan. That is why we have earmarked some very profitable branches for conversion into the Aitemaad Islamic model. With the launch of Aitemaad ‘Hamsafar’, NBP has ventured into the Islamic car-leasing market for the first time” Mr. Saeed Ahmad informed the audience.

NBP Aitemaad is continually expanding the outreach of its Islamic products and services for the valued customers through specialized branches all over Pakistan. In the process of structuring and developing these products and services, an independent Shariah Board has been appointed by NBP, comprising of learned muftis and scholars.

The Board ensures complete Shariah compliance of all banking services and products being offered. The customers attending the ceremony expressed their appreciation to NBP for promoting Aitemaad Islamic Banking in Islamabad and promised their cooperation and patronage to make Islamic Banking a success.

For more information, contact:
Vice President / Divisional Head (A)
National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)
Corporate Communication and Brand Management Division
Head Office, NBP Building, I.I. Chundrigar Road,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99220773
Cell: +92-300-8202184
Fax: +92-21-99212734
Email: ibne.hassan@nbp.com.pk

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National Bank of Pakistan wins eight Corporate Social Responsibility Awards

Karachi, February 20, 2018 (PPI-OT): National Bank of Pakistan (NBP) bagged eight awards at the two prestigious CSR Summit and Award ceremonies, organized in Karachi and Islamabad respectively. Impressed by NBP’s vision and implementation of CSR activities, the two organizations; National Forum for Health and Environment (NFEH) and The Professionals Network (TPN) unanimously acknowledged NBP’s valuable contribution in diversified categories.

National Bank of Pakistan won a total of eight coveted awards, it bagged four awards at Islamabad in the variant categories, featuring sports and cultural support, cause advocacy and awareness campaign, best services in health and education, as well as the first of its kind category, ‘Best CSR Manager of the Year’ which was also won by NBP during the seventh edition of International CSR Summit and Awards, and CSR Gallery jointly organized by The Professionals Network (TPN) and Ethical Business Update (EBU).

Mr. Ovais Asad Khan, EVP and Wing Head CSR received the award on behalf of the organization during a ceremony held in Islamabad on January 18, 2018. He said, “It is a great privilege to be recognized on such a dynamic platform, after being at the forefront of perpetual CSR efforts in Pakistan,” saying the recognition was yet another milestone for National Bank of Pakistan in its endeavour to enhance the quality of life for all.

Subsequently, NBP won four awards at the tenth edition of NFEH’s CSR Summit and Awards held in Karachi, within the categories of sports and recreational activities, corporate leadership, best CSR manager for the year 2017 as well as for women welfare, empowerment and development. Governor Sindh Mr. Muhammad Zubair was invited as the chief guest at the 7th International CSR Summit, Awards and CSR Gallery and distributed awards amongst winners in various categories in Karachi on January 25, 2018.

For more information, contact:
Vice President / Divisional Head (A)
National Bank of Pakistan (NBP)
Corporate Communication and Brand Management Division
Head Office, NBP Building, I.I. Chundrigar Road,
Karachi, Pakistan
Tel: +92-21-99220773
Cell: +92-300-8202184
Fax: +92-21-99212734
Email: ibne.hassan@nbp.com.pk

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