Alain Nkontchou: ‘Ecobank ranks among the top 3 in 15 African countries’

By Joël Té-Léssia Assoko, special correspondent in Abidjan
Posted on Tuesday, 21 June 2022 14:07

Alain Nkoutchou - Chairman of the Board of Ecobank, Issy-les-Moulineaux, France, 12 May 2022. ©Damien Grenon for Jeune Afrique

The future of payment activities and fintech, the situation in Nigeria, the relationship with regulators and shareholders ... Interviewed in Abidjan, the Ecobank Transnational Inc (ETI) president talked with us about the pan-African banking group’s key issues.

A great connoisseur of African markets and an entrepreneur who wears many hats, Alain Nkontchou, 58, is one of the most important and most listened-to voices in African finance. His intervention in 2020 during the debate on the suspension of African debt payments, which he considered harmful, or more recently during a joint RFI/Jeune Afrique interview – during which he mentioned the continent’s climate issues as well as the ECOWAS sanctions against Mali and the surprising adoption of Bitcoin by Central African authorities – are proof of this.