For decades Republic Bank has been engaged in making a difference in communities throughout Grenada. Our philanthropic programmes have been focused on developing the skills, talent and intellectual prowess of the people of Grenada and the Caribbean archipelago. Through our support of community outreach programmes, sport, culture, poverty alleviation, education and entrepreneurship we have continued to partner with individuals and groups in the communities in which we operate to promote self-sufficiency, development and hope for the future.
Republic Bank has endorsed moves toward promoting the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME). On September 2, 2009 senior management of the Bank, including Managing Director, Keith Johnson, met with twenty-five (25) tertiary students from Jamaica, in what turned out to be a very enlightening interaction.
This interface was administered through a project termed “Students Engaging the CSME Through Field Promotion”. The project which is currently in its second phase commenced last year as an activity of the CARICOM Secretariat CSME Public Education Programme with support from the European Union.
During his discourse with the students, Mr. Johnson pointed out the significance of Banks and Republic Bank in particular as a Regional institution, with respect to the movement of skills and capital, and the provision of banking and financial services within CARICOM under the CSME arrangement. In highlighting the free movement of skills, The General Manager – Credit, Mr. Anthony Clerk pointed out that the Bank’s representation that morning was a true reflection of the CSME at work, in that he is from Trinidad, Mr. Johnson is from Guyana, and Mr. McKie Griffith, Human Resources Manager, is a “son of the soil”.
At the end of the one-hour conversation, the students expressed their thanks and appreciation to the Republic Bank team for hosting them and for sharing their experiences, which served to heighten their knowledge and awareness of the potential of the aims and objectives of the CSME.
Republic Bank welcomed the opportunity to facilitate this exposure for the delegates.
A Press Conference held at Republic Bank on Wednesday 2 September, 2009 signaled the launch of the 2009 Republic Bank RightStart Cup Youth Football Tournament.
This is the Bank’s sixth year as sponsor of Secondary Schools’ Football, organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment and Sports. With a total investment of $130,000, Republic Bank is once again pleased to collaborate with the Ministry to unearth and nurture the talent of our young footballers.
In the words of Managing Director, Keith Johnson “Each year Republic Bank welcomes the opportunity to host this tournament – a dynamic avenue for youth development through sport”.
The Tournament which is open to all Secondary Schools in Grenada and Carriacou is the “kick-off” point for youth footballers as it is from this competition that the top players emerge for selection on the National Team. Over the years youngsters such as Josh Charles, Marcus Julien, Quasie Paul, Shane Rennie, Henson Cuffie, and Wendell Rennie accomplished this feat.
In addressing the gathering Hon. Patrick Simmons expressed appreciation for the contribution being made by Republic Bank, and expounded on the commitment of his Ministry to provide the necessary support to all schools involved in the Tournament.
Senior Coach, Alister De Bellotte provided an overview of the upcoming Tournament, which will involve a Boys’ Competition in two categories - Under 15 and Under 21, as well as a Girls Competition. This year’s tournament would include the two secondary schools in Carriacou.
Chief Education Officer, Julien Ogilvie promised the full cooperation of the Ministry of Education and indicated that the teams’ preparations will be well underway with the reopening of schools.
The play-offs begin on Thursday September 17, 2009 at Progress Park, St. Andrew following an Official Ceremony and Parade of the teams at 1.00 p.m. Matches will be contested over a period of nine weeks. Fixtures will be made available in the press.
Republic Bank is happy to be associated with the Tournament and anticipates some exciting weeks ahead.
September 8, 2009
L-R: General Manager Credit, Anthony Clerk, Minister for Youth Empowerment and Sports, Hon. Patrick Simmons, Managing Director, Keith Johnson, Chief Education Officer, Julien Ogilvie, Senior Coach, Alister DeBellotte
A year has gone by since Republic Bank opened its doors on Melville Street on September 8, 2008. This marked the relocation of its Branch from Halifax Street to new enhanced facilities
The Melville Street Branch not only provides a pleasant ambience, it also boasts three (3) on-site ATMs, accommodation for the physically challenged, and parking facilities – all with our customers’ needs in mind.
Republic Bank wishes to thank all its customers for their continued loyalty. We value your business and look forward to greater opportunities to serve you.
Republic Bank continues to reaffirm its support for our Cultural festivals with Sponsorship of the Emancipation March that forms part of the activities of Rainbow City Festival organized by the St. Andrew's Development Organisation (SADU). This year's activities are celebrated under the theme "Emancipation under the Masantoe."
Over the years, and particularly in recent times, the Festival has evolved to raise awareness of the significance of Emancipation. The March which has grown increasingly popular affords persons the opportunity to express themselves in song, chants and reenactment of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Republic Bank is pleased to support the St. Andrew's Development Organisation with the celebrations again this year, and looks forward to another successful Rainbow City Festival.
Just in time for the busy holiday season, Republic Bank has improved its ATM network by installing an ATM in the Esplanade Mall. This new machine has increased the number of Republic Bank Blue Machine ATM locations to ten (10) across Grenada and Carriacou.
General Manager Operations, Republic Bank (Grenada) Limited, Mrs. Donna Lander says
"At Republic Bank, we are always seeking ways to improve our customer service. This new ATM at the Esplanade Mall is for the convenience of our customers using the mall as well as to reduce the congestion in the city area especially when there is an influx of visitors as happens during the holiday and cruise seasons.
Republic Bank encourages customers to take advantage of the ATM's to obtain cash, pay utility bills, transfer funds between linked accounts, check account balances and deposit funds (at Republic House, Melville Street, Grenville and Grand Anse ATM's) and to practice vigilance at all times when using the ATM's.
Republic Bank remains committed to enhancing its customer service experience for all customers.