Echoing its presence in the international finance stratosphere, JS Bank has been declared as Pakistan’s Best SME Bank at the Asian Banking & Finance Retail Banking Awards, 2020. This is the second consecutive accolade for JS and a remarkable reflection of Pakistan’s growing stature. These Awards bring together banks from across Asia to recognize groundbreaking products and services.
JS Bank has consistently ranked amongst the top three in lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). During 2019, the Bank’s overall SME client roster increased to approximately 22,000. Subsequently, they partnered with several leading institutions to create self-employment opportunities for thousands of clients through innovative financial solutions. President and CEO, Basir Shamsie, has enabled the organization to support entrepreneurship in the female and differently abled persons spaces.
JS Bank named Best SME Bank of the Year (Pakistan) by Asian Banking & Finance Awards 2020. We are grateful to our clients and our team, without whom this would not have been possible. #JSBank #BarhnaHaiAagey #AsianBankingandFinanceAwards pic.twitter.com/iNx7re3GrI
— JS Bank (@JSBLPak) August 10, 2020
Even CEO Shamsie has firm belief in supporting Pakistan’s SME community. “For us, SMEs are the heart of economic growth. By building this sector, we are working towards building Pakistan’s future. We are humbled by the appreciation and thank our valued clients for their continued support and patronage, without whom none of this would have been possible”
“As we have seen in this year’s winners, banks were still able to navigate and up their game even during the pandemic. We are looking forward to seeing how they will continue to provide the best service to clients in spite of these very difficult times” said Tim Charlton, publisher of Asian Banking & Finance magazine.
JS and its achievements so far
In the past year, JS Bank became Pakistan’s first and only financial institution to be accredited by the Green Climate Fund, a global fund working towards countering climate change. Owing to this fund, the bank can now apply for funding of up to $250 million per project.
Moreover, it also became fully compliant with the State Bank of Pakistan’s green banking guidelines and took a lead in Pakistan’s solar power market. Through this, “Pakistan’s Best SME Bank’ has financed more than 120 projects for commercial, residential and agricultural purposes.
JS Bank reaches the Rs 400 Billion deposit milestone. We are grateful to our clients for their support and patronage which has made this achievement possible. #JSBank #BarhnaHaiAagey pic.twitter.com/zZqvTzgsAH
— JS Bank (@JSBLPak) July 4, 2020
Background on JS Bank
JS Bank is one of the fastest-growing banks in Pakistan, with 360 branches in 180 cities including one international branch. The Bank is a leader in the digital banking space and distribution of insurance solutions.
Multiple international and national forums have recognized JS and its excellence. These include the prestigious AsiaMoney, Asian Banking and Finance, DIGI and Pakistan Banking Awards. The Bank is part of JS Group, one of Pakistan’s most diversified and progressive financial services groups.
The bank became fully compliant with the State Bank of Pakistan’s green banking guidelines; and this deserves an honorary mention. Hence, JS Bank is the only bank in Pakistan to have a certified green office. It believes in leading by example, thereby introducing carbon reduction measures in its own operations.
Committed towards its role as a catalyst towards the progress and prosperity of Pakistan, the Bank hopes to continue this journey of impact by providing a variety of innovative conventional and digital solutions in the years ahead.