Azizi Bank, Afghanistan’s largest commercial Bank with a pan Afghanistan presence across more than 30 provinces, headquartered in Zanbaq Square, Kabul, is the outcome of the professional & entrepreneurial commitment of its founder Mr. Mirwais Azizi and its top management team, to establish a high quality, customer centric, service driven, private Afghan Bank catering to the future businesses of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. The bank got established in 2006.
Azizi Bank has adopted international best practices, the highest standards of service quality and operational excellence, and offers comprehensive banking and financial solutions to all its valued customers. The bank has a wide spread network of 80 branches including extension counters and have more than 100 ATMs spread across the country. The bank also owns the first full-fledged Islamic Bank in the country – The Islamic Bank of Afghanistan which also have a wide spread distribution of 59 branches and 42 ATMs across the country.
As on 31st Dec 2020, Azizi Bank with a deposit base of USD 519 Million and with a consolidated deposit base of more than USD 860 Million holds almost 25% of the total banking deposit share in the country having 12 banks including two foreign banks. With a total book size close to 1 Billion USD, Azizi Bank along with its subsidiary holds a supreme position in the country.
Azizi Bank has been recognized amongst the Top and Fastest Growing Banks by prestigious international media houses and Global Advisory Firms, and has received several international honors for across the globe. The bank caters to various business segments which includes Retail & Corporate Banking, Treasury, Payment & Settlement, Remittance services and sustainable practices through responsible banking vide its CSR initiatives.
The unifying theme at Azizi Bank ever since it started 15 years ago, is its goal-driven investment on experience and innovation, which it took as its starting point when it developed the bank’s corporate motto. With its strong customer centric approach, extensive knowledge of the industry, dedicated employees, Azizi Bank have been successful in becoming the leading bank in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.
Azizi Bank has invested comprehensively on technology in its endeavor for superior customer service. It has procured the world’s top banking software - Flex Cube to migrate from its existing software. These initiatives are taken in order to make our bank much more customer friendly & tech savvy. It is estimated that although 37% of the population lives below the poverty lines, a large segment is mobile savvy with compatible internet facility, especially amongst the young generation. With the introduction of M - Paisa and Mobile Wallets, it is expected that a large share of the money transaction in the country would be routed through the Bank.
On the above lines, Azizi Bank launched the first mobile based wallet application in the country named as “AZI PAY” by which customers can have all facilities of banking including mobile recharge and utility bill payments.
Cash Deposit Machines are launched at selective branches for an effective and much quicker transactions 24*7. Azizi Bank has started agent based banking services aiming towards financial inclusion. It is for the first time that a bank in Afghanistan is reaching out to the unbanked strata of society by sending its agents to their door steps. The agents will carry devices that will support full-fledged banking services including account opening and biometric authentication of customers.
The bank has plans to start merchant acquiring business by setting up a decent network of Point of Sale (POS) devices across the country. These devices will enable the customers to make retail payments using their cards or biometrics. The Bank have launched Payment Gateway solution that will make online shopping possible for the customers using their cards or internet banking.
Azizi Bank engaged the Dubai office of one of the top consulting firm headquartered in the US for undertaking an exhaustive review of the policies and procedures of the bank, drafting the strategies of the bank, review the credit portfolio and suggest methodologies for increasing the same as well as suggest improvement in the functioning of the Risk and Compliance department.
Ernst & Young or simply EY is a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom and is one of the largest professional services & consulting firms in the world commonly named amongst the BIG 4. Azizi Bank engaged their Dubai office in 2019 for a complete and comprehensive assessment of the AML processes followed in the bank and the sanctions compliance framework including an onsite visit.
IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank
Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private
sector in the emerging markets.
Azizi Bank engaged IFC, Dubai office for undertaking an exhaustive study and suggest improvements in all the process and procedures involved with the Corporate Governance of the bank. The assessment report addressed the five thematic areas of corporate governance:
> Commitment to Corporate Governance
> Board of Supervisors Effectiveness
> Control Environment
> Disclosure & Transparency
> Shareholder Practices
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