The Deposit Protection Fund (DPF) Chief Executive Officer Mrs. Julia Clare Olima Oyet, accompanied by the Director Legal and Board Secretary Mrs. Angela Kiryabwire Kanyima, Director Investments Mr. Alan N. Lwetabe, Director Communications Mr. Patrick O. Ezaga, Assistant Manager Operations Ms. Joan Agaba and the Senior Officer Legal Mr. Jude Thaddeus Lubega; paid a courtesy visit to the Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Ms. Anne Juuko on November 7, 2022. Ms. Anne Juuko, along with a delegation of some of the Stanbic Bank Senior Management team members who included the Head Cash & Liquidity Management Mr. Gabriel Kagwisagye, Manager Client Coverage; Banks & NBFI Ms. Maureen Mutatiina Asiimwe and the Head Investor services & Financial Institutions Mr. Andrew Omiel welcomed the DPF team to the bank.
Mrs. Oyet started her remarks by giving the Stanbic Bank team a brief history of the Fund, its mandate, operations, deposit insurance limit of UGX 10,000,000 and the fact that it covers 98% of depositors of contributing institutions. She also stated the need for the bank to upload its financial statements on the bank website in addition to the newspaper publications because customers need to be able to retrieve the statements at their convenience. Oyet further informed the bank’s team about the development of the IT Depositor Payout & Premium Management System and emphasized the need for the bank to ensure that customers avail them with their National Identification Number (NIN) and alternative mode of payment since it is such information that will be required by the system, should the need for a payout arise.
Mrs. Kiryabwire informed the bank about the DPF regulatory framework that is being developed. She also expressed the need for the bank to collaborate with the Fund should it be called upon for participation in the drafting of the framework since Contributing Institutions are key stakeholders of the Fund.
Regarding the premiums collected by the Fund from the Contributing Institutions, Mr. Alan N. Lwetabe gave an update that the premiums are invested in Government of Uganda securities so as to grow the Fund. He informed the team that this was guided by the mandate of the Fund as provided for in the Financial Institutions Amendment Act 2016.
Mr. Patrick O. Ezaga, Director Communications also made a few remarks highlighting the public awareness efforts undertaken by the Fund. Mr. Ezaga applauded the bank for displaying of DPF materials in their banking halls as required by law. He further stated the need for Stanbic Bank to support the Fund in its public awareness drive, by allowing their front office staff attend training sessions which will be organized by the Fund. The emphasis on front line staff was due to the fact that they interface with customers and should be able to answer any questions about DPF when asked.
Following the remarks from the DPF team, the Stanbic Bank Chief Executive Ms. Anne Juuko appreciated the Fund for its efforts in contributing towards financial sector stability. Ms. Juuko confirmed that the bank publishes its financial statements online and releases them half-yearly. She pledged to ensure that DPF is supported in its public awareness initiatives as much as possible, especially with regards to training front office staff on basics of deposit insurance.