Bank Alfalah to expand branches network in Pakistan

LAHORE: The Bank Alfalah and Abu Dhabi Group is not looking to exit Pakistan through divestment or sell-off and they will very much stay in Pakistan.

The Bank Alfalah CEO, Sirajuddin Aziz, stated this while addressing the members, investors, analysts and media representatives at the Corporate Briefing Programme of Bank Alfalah Limited at Lahore Stock Exchange on May 18, 2011.

The CEO said, “On the contrary, the Bank is aggressively looking for growth opportunities in Pakistan, which is evident from the expansion of its branch network across the country.”

Presenting a detailed overview of the Bank`s operations and future expansion plans, he said the Bank, which started operations in 1997 with just three branches and virtually no banking infrastructure is today the 6th largest bank in Pakistan with 386 branches in 150 towns, over 400 billion rupees (48 billion US dollars) in assets and is still growing rapidly.

The bank is planning to open 24 more branches and looking for opportunities to expand foreign operations in Hong Kong & Beijing in addition to Bangladesh, Afghanistan, UAE & Bahrain. The Bank also has the distinction of having the second largest Islamic Banking operations in Pakistan.

Commenting on the perception of higher interest rates being changed by the banks in Pakistan, the CEO said that this issue requires more subjective analysis because while the old and more established banks have low cost assets, an new comers of young banks such as Bank Alfalah have a much higher costs of deposits.

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