Bank of America develops talents in Africa

Mr Bernard Mensah, head of EMEA Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities TradingMr Bernard Mensah, head of EMEA Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities TradingThe Bank of America Merrill Lynch is offering talented students from some universities in Ghana and Nigeria the opportunity to have their internships with the bank in New York and London respectively. 

Consequently, the bank has launched a recruitment drive dubbed ‘Global Growth – Developing Talents in Africa’ to offer students with interest in the financial markets, career opportunities available in the industry. 

Annually, between five to 10 students are to be selected to participate in the programme. 

Officials of the bank said the initiative demonstrated the company’s commitment to growing a truly international business and building its strength on emerging markets. 

Selected students from the University of Ghana, Legon, Ashesi University, University of Cape Coast and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) had the unique opportunity to meet business representatives from the company, and other business leaders at the maiden host event in Ghana.

Speaking to the media prior to the event, the Head of EMEA Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Trading and global head of Emerging Markets (ex-Asia), Mr Bernard Mensah, said the visit marked the beginning of a long term commitment to global growth and the development of talents in Africa.

He said the programme would not be a one-off thing but would form part of the bank’s programme for the next five to 10 years. 

“This is a very exciting initiative for the bank. There is incredible talent in Africa which we want to attract to Bank of America Merrill Lynch and nurture,”. 

He explained that the outreach will, in the first place, provide opportunities for students to get an insight into the world of finance and offer advice on how they could play their part in the world’s economy. 

The Bank of America Merrill Lynch recruits students for full-time and internship programmes in global markets, corporate and investment banking, capital markets, global treasury solutions, research and international corporate treasury, among other things. 

The company also recruits students for a summer insight week in London, giving students the opportunity to learn about key lines of business, take part in interactive challenges and increase knowledge of the financial markets.   

Story: Ama Amankwah Baafi 

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