Standard Chartered Bank Mauritius celebrates World Sight Day in the presence of the Minister of Education & Human Resources
This year for World Sight Day, staff of Standard Chartered Bank Mauritius conducted vision screening at the Beau Vallon Government School and the bank made a donation of spectacles to children identified with vision problems.
The bank has committed to help tackle preventable and curable blindness among children in Mauritius through a four-year tripartite collaboration with the Ministry of Education & Human Resources, and the Optical Association of Mauritius, to facilitate a nationwide vision screening programme in all government schools across the island. This campaign involves screening approximately 30,000 school children between the ages of five and six from 261 schools across the Island.
Vision screening has been carried out by staff from Standard Chartered Bank with the support of volunteers from the Education Sector. There has been harmonious synergy between the team of the Ministry of Education and the group of volunteers of Standard Chartered Bank for the smooth implementation of the vision screening programme. Standard Chartered Bank's contribution also includes providing spectacles to students classified as hardship cases, as identified by the respective school.
So far, vision screening has been conducted in 73 Primary Schools addressing a total of 4,450 pupils. Some 460 cases have been referred for examination by eye specialists of the Optical Association of Mauritius.
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From left: Neeraj Swaroop, Honourable Xavier Luc-Duval and Mike Rees.
Standard Chartered Mauritius celebrated its tenth anniversary in May 2012, hosting a series of activities to reinforce the Bank's support for Mauritius as a gateway for Africa to Asia and our commitment to support the local communities.
A press briefing was hosted by Mike Rees, Group Executive Director and CEO for Wholesale Banking, Neeraj Swaroop, Regional CEO, South East Asia (excluding Singapore) and Sridhar Nagarajan, CEO for Standard Chartered Mauritius, to share with the media the significance of Standard Chartered's presence in Mauritius. Mike highlighted the economic, political and financial turbulence in the world today, and how Mauritius and Standard Chartered both have strong fundamentals to seize the opportunities as they arise.
At a gala dinner, hosted by Mike and helmed by the Honourable (Hon.) Xavier Luc-Duval, Vice Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance and Economic Development for Mauritius, Mr Duval highlighted the Bank's contribution to the country, "I thank Standard Chartered for being very participative in the local banking sector and specifically active in promoting Mauritius overseas, particularly in Africa." The event was attended by over 150 guests including ministers and the Governor of Mauritius Central Bank, Mauritius International Advisory Board members and key executives in the industry.
As part of the celebratory activities, Standard Chartered also signed a four year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Hon. Vasant Bunwaree, Minister of Education and Human Resources, and the Optical Association of Mauritius, to support the Mauritius National Vision Screening Campaign. The Bank will donate 500 pairs of spectacles for needy school children and, through employee volunteering, provide resources to screen the eyesight of approximately 30,000 primary school children nationwide. During the MoU signing ceremony, the Minister thanked the Bank for its commitment and efforts to collaborate in this tripartite programme.
To support the Mauritian football community and youth, the Bank leveraged our Liverpool FC sponsorship to organise a football coaching clinic with John Barnes, a key legend of Liverpool FC, for aspiring footballers. The Minister of Sports, the Hon. Satyaprakash Ritoo, was present to support the event which was attended by over 85 football players.
The celebratory activities have enabled the Bank to highlight its long term growth in Mauritius and commitment to the development of the country.
The 44th anniversary of Mauritius' independence from British rule was celebrated by Standard Chartered Bank (Mauritius) Ltd by the following:
- Banners in the colours of the Mauritius flag were hung in the reception and pantry
- First thing in the morning, each employee was given a Mauritius flag pin that lit up with the flick of a switch
- A DVD showing the beauty and grace of Mauritius was shown to all employees
- Leena Beehuspoteea (the longest serving employee in SCB in Mauritius) said a few chosen words about Independence Day and 'raised the Flag'
- Simultaneous to the raising of the Flag, the National Anthem was sung by all
- Vivek Urjoon gave a short speech about being proud to be a Mauritian followed by the singing of the National Anthem again
- In the afternoon, a cake was cut by all employees in Mauritius who have spent more than 5 years
- Alooda was provided to all employees to wash down the chocolate Independence cake!
The 101st International Women's Day was celebrated with the following activities:
- Each women was sent an eCard wishing them Happy International Women's Day 2012
- Special lunch organised for all women at a speciality restaurant
- Surprise gift basket of beauty products distributed to all women
- Prize awarded for the photo that best represents "working woman in today's time"
- Prizes awarded to the top three women who were nominated by their peers who met 5 criteria's:
- Role model in her team
- Provided assistance in solving a difficult issue so deadline is met
- Demonstrated a TEAM spirit above and beyond their level of responsibility
- Helped someone integrate in the office
- Applied the SCB values in her day-to-day work
- Projection of the D&I video with Judy Hsu - Global Head, Wealth Management and member of the Group D&I Council
- Mini-assortment of cakes presented to each woman from collection by all men in the office
- Opportunity for all women to leave the office at 4.30pm
It was a challenge embraced just over a month ago. Collaboration across business, Corporate Affairs and Marketing teams in Singapore and Mauritius culminated in the launch of Transaction Banking (TB) at a gala dinner graced by the President of Singapore, S.R. Nathan, on 5 June 2011.
It all began when TB had the foresight to ride on a State Visit by the President and the first Singapore Business Delegation to Mauritius to launch TB services in the country. Organised in close partnership with the government ministries in both Mauritius and Singapore, the gala dinner hosted 130 guests including dignitaries from both countries, High Commissioners, Ambassadors and potential clients.
The event achieved objectives across multiple platforms and was a strong example of Here for Good:
Generating business opportunitiesPotential clients found out more about TB and got acquainted with our One Bank capabilities to explore partnership opportunities for growth in the region and beyond.
Growing brand presenceThe launch demonstrated the Bank?s commitment to Mauritius and firmly established its brand presence. The event garnered wide media coverage across key print, online and broadcast media in Singapore and Mauritius including the cover story in Mauritius? leading business magazine.
Deepening government relationsThe event was an opportune occasion to engage senior members of state from Mauritius and Singapore to build on good government relations.
As Mauritius increasingly establishes itself as the springboard to Africa and grows in strategic importance in the Group, the launch of Transaction Banking marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Bank in the country.
From left to right: Sridhar Nagarajan, Abhijit Jagtap, Faye Rosun, H.E. S.R. Nathan (President of Singapore), Prochi Sookun, George Kuriakose, Juliana Tan
From left to right on stage: Sridhar Nagarajan, Jiten Arora, Sumit Aggarwal, Ray Ferguson, Masagos Zulkifli (Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Singapore) and Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, (Vice Prime Minister of Mauritius)