National​ Bank​ of​ Canada​ CEO​ praises​ ABA's​ development​ on​ his​ annual​ visit

25/03/2019

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On​ March​ 19-21,​ 2019​ Louis​ Vachon,​ the​ President​ and​ CEO​ of​ National​ Bank​ of​ Canada​ paid​ a​ visit​ to​ ABA​ Bank’s​ Head​ Office​ and​ other​ premises​ of​ the​ Bank.​ It​ is​ the​ third​ arrival​ of​ Mr​ Vachon​ since​ 2017​ and​ shows​ strong​ commitment​ of​ National​ Bank​ of​ Canada​ to​ the​ development​ of​ ABA​ Bank.

During​ this​ visit,​ Louis​ Vachon​ participated​ in​ ABA’s​ yearly​ Board​ of​ Directors​ meeting​ along​ with​ respective​ Board​ committees,​ such​ as​ Audit,​ Compliance,​ Governance,​ Risk​ Committee,​ and​ others.

In​ addition,​ the​ CEO​ of​ National​ Bank​ of​ Canada​ held​ meetings​ with​ various​ departments​ within​ ABA.​ As​ such,​ on​ March​ 19​ Mr​ Vachon​ visited​ the​ newly​ opened​ Business​ Banking​ Center​ of​ ABA​ Bank​ and​ Head​ Office’s​ Operational​ Hall.​

Located​ on​ the​ first​ floor​ of​ ABA’s​ renovated​ Head​ Office​ building​ along​ Preah​ Sihanouk​ boulevard​ in​ Phnom​ Penh,​ ABA​ Business​ Banking​ Center​ provides​ quality​ banking​ services​ to​ the​ growing​ segment​ of​ SMEs,​ large​ companies,​ as​ well​ as​ multinational​ and​ emerging​ local​ corporations​ operating​ in​ Cambodia.​ The​ Center​ also​ offers​ parking​ lots,​ waiting​ area,​ customer​ service​ counters​ as​ well​ as​ private​ rooms​ for​ one-on-one​ consultation​ with​ the​ staff​ specifically​ focused​ on​ working​ with​ businesses.

Head​ Office’s​ Operational​ Hall​ of​ ABA​ is​ a​ flagship​ branch​ with​ extended​ working​ hours​ schedule.​ It​ is​ open​ from​ 8​ am​ until​ 8​ pm,​ Monday​ to​ Sunday,​ becoming​ a​ very​ convenient​ bank​ spot​ for​ people​ residing​ or​ working​ in​ capital’s​ Boeung​ Keng​ Kang​ area.​

The​ same​ day,​ Mr​ Vachon​ participated​ in​ the​ launch​ of​ ABA​ Training​ Center​ and​ held​ a​ meeting​ with​ the​ management​ team​ of​ the​ Bank.​ During​ the​ meeting,​ he​ reiterated​ National​ Bank​ of​ Canada’s​ deep​ focus​ on​ people​ who​ form​ the​ main​ asset​ of​ the​ National​ Bank​ of​ Canada​ Group.​

“There​ are​ many​ reasons​ National​ Bank​ of​ Canada​ decided​ to​ invest​ in​ ABA.​ One​ of​ them​ is​ future​ of​ Cambodia,​ as​ we​ saw​ a​ very​ bright​ future​ for​ the​ country​ and​ its​ people.​ Also,​ we​ share​ the​ same​ views​ on​ how​ to​ run​ a​ bank​ and​ what​ is​ essential​ about​ banking.​ What​ we​ agreed​ on​ very​ quickly​ is​ that​ banking​ is​ about​ people.​ Talent​ has​ always​ been​ and​ remains​ a​ differentiating​ factor​ in​ banking​ industry.​ That​ is​ why​ we​ are​ investing​ in​ training​ facility​ here,​ because​ it​ is​ very​ important​ to​ our​ business,​ and​ we​ will​ continue​ to​ do​ so,”​ stated​ Louis​ Vachon.

“From​ myself​ and​ the​ Board​ of​ Directors​ of​ National​ Bank,​ a​ big​ thank​ you​ for​ everything​ you’ve​ done​ and​ continue​ to​ do​ on​ a​ daily​ basis.​ And​ a​ big​ thank​ you​ on​ very​ impressive​ financial​ results,”​ he​ added.

The​ CEO​ of​ ABA​ Bank,​ Mr​ Askhat​ Azhikhanov​ commented​ on​ the​ launch​ of​ Training​ Center,​ “Here​ at​ ABA,​ we​ always​ state​ that​ our​ core​ asset​ is​ our​ people.​ And​ we​ constantly​ need​ to​ invest​ in​ the​ quality​ of​ this​ asset​ by​ improving​ the​ knowledge​ and​ expertise​ of​ employees​ on​ our​ vision,​ mission,​ and​ values,​ on​ our​ products​ and​ services,​ as​ well​ as​ on​ the​ new​ trends​ in​ the​ market​ and​ technologies.​ To​ deliver​ this​ knowledge,​ we​ need​ a​ proper​ infrastructure.​ That​ is​ why​ we​ built​ this​ spacious​ Training​ Center​ as​ our​ needs​ are​ continuously​ growing.”

ABA​ Training​ Center​ provides​ all​ necessary​ facilities​ for​ successful​ knowledge​ dissemination​ among​ the​ Bank​ staff.​ The​ building​ is​ equipped​ with​ numerous​ training​ rooms,​ meeting​ rooms,​ vast​ parking​ area,​ and​ pantry​ zone​ where​ staff​ can​ relax​ and​ refresh​ between​ training​ sessions.​ In​ total,​ the​ Center​ can​ accommodate​ more​ than​ 350​ people​ training​ on​ more​ than​ 50​ trainings​ and​ courses​ currently​ provided​ by​ ABA​ Bank​ to​ its​ staff.

On​ March​ 21,​ Louis​ Vachon​ completed​ the​ visit​ to​ ABA​ Bank​ and​ returned​ to​ Canada.