The Chartered Banker Institute welcomes the strong endorsement for its Chartered Banker programme from the Governor of Bank Negara Malaysia (Central Bank of Malaysia), Governor Datuk Muhammad bin Ibrahim, following his opening remarks to the “Global

Banking Leaders programme” earlier this week1.

In his speech, the Governor announced two recent developments that he believes would raise the standards of professionalism in Malaysia’s banking industry:

  • First, is the signing of the industry declaration in support of the Chartered Banker Programme, a flagship professional qualification for present and future banking leaders;
  • Second, is the expectation for all graduates who are employed by the banking industry to become members of the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers, and complete a mandatory program on ethics and professional standards.

The Chartered Banker Institute and the Asian Institute of Chartered Bankers (AICB) have formed a very good working relationship over the past few years; we believe the Governor’s announcement will strengthen this relationship and will help to ensure customer confidence and trust in Malaysia’s banking industry.

It also demonstrates that the Chartered Banker Institute continues to play an important part in leading the re-establishment of a banking profession internationally that we can all be proud of once again.

Simon Thompson, Chief Executive of the Chartered Banker Institute commented:

“In the context of our continuing debate in the UK about whether banking is a profession, it is heartening to see strong and unequivocal support for banking professionalism in general, and Chartered Banker in particular, from the Governor of the Central Bank and senior industry figures in Malaysia.”

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