Embrace responsible investment to support development

Miriam Maku Amissah, Head of Client Experience-Stanbic Investment Management Services (SIMS), has encouraged Ghanaians to embrace responsible investment to further nation building.

Speaking at a cocktail session hosted by the bank at the 3rd Mobile Technology for Development seminar held at Kempinski Gold Coast City Hotel, Accra, Miriam Aku Amissah advised participants not to shy away from investing but rather seek professional advice.

She said: “When we talk about responsible investing it simply means making sure that you’re putting your money into areas which affect the community as well. We are looking at sustainable investment and how your investment affects your surroundings. With private equity, for instance, you are putting money into businesses in the community which could possibly affect you and the other people in that community if you invest.

“One of the Responsible Investment initiatives we have taken as Stanbic Investment Management Services is to ensure that we are putting some money in some venture capital funds which have started retirement support plans and investing in start-up businesses, or are improving businesses that are running and helping them to grow. These initiatives have all been put in place to ensure that as a business we also look beyond creating profit and rather contribute as well to ensuring the development and growth of our community,” she added

She stated: “Admittedly we are going through very challenging financial times. Although we are in trying times, there are also a lot of opportunities. Do not shy away from investing but rather consult a financial advisor to guide you make the right choice. It all starts with what your objective is and what your risk appetite is. Have a conversation with a financial advisor and we will look at your needs and match them to opportunities available on the market.

“At Stanbic, we have financial advisors who are dedicated to helping you. Stanbic Investment Management Services is located on the fourth floor of Stanbic Heights, so feel free to walk in and meet any of our qualified investment advisors. You can also walk into any of our branches across the country and get all the information you need.”

Mobile Technology for Development is an event that provides a platform for stakeholders within the financial, technology and development sector to converge at a single location to share ideas, exhibit solutions and take stock of innovations in payments, deposit, credit, remittance and insurance, and build partnerships for enhanced efforts toward financial inclusion in Ghana.

Stanbic Investment Management Services Limited (SIMS), a member of the Standard Bank Group, is an investment management and advisory firm licenced by the Securities and Exchange Commission and registered with the National Pensions Regulatory Authority as a pension fund manager.