Wiebe Draijer, Chairman of the Managing Board of Rabobank, a Dutch multinational banking and financial services company and global leader in food and agriculture financing and sustainability-oriented banking, was in Uganda last week for a two-day visit as part of a regional tour of East Africa.
The visit reaffirms Rabobank’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of people, businesses and communities in East Africa. Rabobank is one of the three reputable investors, alongside Norfund and FMO that form Arise B.V, the largest shareholder in dfcu Limited with a 58.71% stake.
During his visit, Wiebe Draijer, said: “The best moments for me as Chairman of the Managing Board of Rabobank are when our mission turns into practice; affecting real people and their stories, and how Rabobank has supported them. During this visit, I’ve seen the positive impact we have made together with dfcu Bank first-hand. The good work over at Mandela Millers in Busega-Kampala, and dfcu customers Nile Agro in Jinja and Ugacof-Sucafina in Bweyogerere –Wakiso to name a few examples. And so we’ve gaineda good perspective on how we boost rural development and enhance food security.”
“dfcu proves to be a valuable partner, they’re one of the leading banks in Uganda. Their ambition to strengthen their position in this market, in the Food & Agribusiness sector and by reaching out to the informal sector to drive financial inclusion and food security, aligns perfectly with our mission to grow a better world together, ” asserted Draijer.
Mathias Katamba, Chief Executive Officer of dfcu Bank, added: “dfcu has been pivotal to the success stories of many businesses in the agriculture, education, health, manufacturing, real estate, construction, transport, trade and commerce sectors, over the last 55 years. We are proud of our contribution to the economic development of the country. Our strategy remains the same – we are committed to the growth and development of the people, businesses and the communities that we serve and we will continue to strengthen and grow our business.”
“dfcu’s brand promise of “Making more Possible” captures the Bank’s commitment to growing shareholder value; playing a key role in transforming the economy and enhancing the well-being of people through provision of innovative financial solutions; developing strong relationships with our clients and customers; building on our heritage and continued strong performance,” added Katamba.
Draijer was accompanied by a delegation comprising Berry Marttin- member of the Managing Board, Marianne Schoemaker– CEO Rabo Partnerships, David Gerbrands – Head Advisory Rabo Partnerships, Albert Boogaard-Head innovation Rabobank Foundation) and Kees Verbeek – Chief Representative Officer Rabobank Kenya.
Together they also hosted a CEO dinner with some top clients to discuss challenges and opportunities for further support through dfcu Bank.