The BIBF and SICO to launch the Digital Ambassadors Programme

Aims at unlocking the transformative powers of technology for Bahraini youth

The BIBF and SICO to launch the Digital Ambassadors Programme

Manama: The Bahrain Institute of Banking and Finance (BIBF), signed an agreement with SICO BSC(c) (SICO) to deliver the ‘Digital Ambassadors’ programme aimed at providing Bahraini youth with the digital knowledge and skills they will need to tackle the professional challenges of the digital transformation.

The ‘Digital Ambassadors’ programme is an innovative 3-week training programme that aims to empower final year University students and graduates helping them to transform their future organisations through a set of innovative and practical digital tools, skills, and concepts. The programme brings together 25 candidates to participate in an exciting, hands-on learning experience that will see them navigate the next wave of technology to future-proof their careers in the digital age.

Commenting on the value of the program, BIBF Director, Dr. Ahmed Al Shaikh, stated: “Bahrain is treading on the right path of economic digitisation. To fuel this growth, it will require a large, highly skilled, and technically qualified talent pool that can meet the new demands and contribute to the Kingdom's growth, prosperity, and successful transformation into a digital economy of the future. He also, added, “We are pleased to collaborate with SICO to support the development of young local talents, in line with the Kingdom’s vision.”

“Enabling young Bahrainis with practical skills and training that is in sync with the future needs of the job market is one of the most important contributions that we can make as responsible corporate citizens and it is is a key pillar of SICO’s corporate social responsibility program,” said Najla Al Shirawi, SICO’s Chief Executive Officer.  “As a digitally-led organization that has invested fintech, we are proud to partner with like-minded entities like the BIBF to help usher in the new era of digital banking,” she added.

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The BIBF is the leading training and education provider in the region and is affiliated to the Central Bank of Bahrain. The Institute plays a vital role in the development of human capital in the Kingdom of Bahrain, the Gulf region, the wider Middle East, Africa and beyond.

The BIBF’s commitment to excellence has strengthened its position as the leading educational provider across all major business disciplines. The BIBF serves as a partner to numerous world-class institutions, delivering Thought Leadership, Assessment and Training in the areas of:

  • Banking,
  • Digital Transformation & Project Management;
  • Islamic Finance,
  • Insurance,
  • Executive Development,
  • Accounting & Finance,
  • Leadership & Management,
  • Supply Chain Management,
  • Academic Studies

For further information, please contact the BIBF Marketing & Communications Department:

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SICO is a leading regional asset manager, broker, market maker and investment bank, with USD 4 bn in assets under management (AUM). Today SICO operates under a wholesale banking licence from the Central Bank of Bahrain and also oversees three wholly owned subsidiaries: an Abu Dhabi-based brokerage firm, SICO Financial Brokerage, a specialised regional custody house, SICO Fund Services Company (SFS), and a Saudi-based investment banking company, SICO Capital. Headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain with a growing regional and international presence, SICO has a well-established track record as a trusted regional bank offering a comprehensive suite of financial solutions, including asset management, brokerage, investment banking, and market making, backed by a robust and experienced research team that provides regional insight and analysis of more than 90 percent of the region’s major equities. Since inception in 1995, SICO has consistently outperformed the market and developed a solid base of institutional clients. Going forward, the bank’s continued growth will be guided by its commitments to strong corporate governance and developing trusting relationships with its clients. The bank will also continue to invest in its information technology capabilities and the human capital of its 100 exceptional employees.

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