clients, particularly in the energy sector, as the region s economies develop. The Bank s pool of local expertise, as well as its experience in international capital markets and areas such as trade finance, allows it to respond to clients requirements as they seek to grow and diversify their businesses.

Jean-Christophe Durand, CEO, Corporate & Investment Banking and Investment Solutions for the Middle East and Africa commented: With a dedicated presence from the Bank, we are closer to our clients and can develop opportunities by following market trends and understanding local challenges. This proximity is essential to be able to listen and respond to client needs, and it enables the Bank to become a true partner to our clients as they grow and their needs diversify.