The City of Houston, Texas has designated October 25 as ‘Fidelity International Trade and Creative Connect Day’ in recognition of Fidelity Bank Plc’s commitment to fostering bilateral trade and economic development between the city and Nigeria.
The bank said in a statement on Sunday that Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston officially declared the special day in a recent statement.
According to the statement, the proclamation reads in part, “Whereas, The Fidelity International Trade and Creative Connect summit committed to fostering bilateral trade and economic development between the city of Houston and Nigeria. The city of Houston commends Fidelity Bank Nigeria for its commitment to enhance international trade.
“Therefore, I, Sylvester Turner, Mayor of the City of Houston, hereby proclaim October 25, as Fidelity International Trade and Creative Connect Day.”
Fidelity Bank hosted the second edition of its international non-oil trade expo, tagged FITCC Houston, on October 24 and 25, 2023 in the city of Houston. The event featured exhibitions by more than 160 businesses as well as several panel and networking sessions all tailored towards increasing the number of Nigerian businesses that export into the US market and enabling exporters to build capacity to improve product quality and meet international standards among other objectives, according to the statement.
Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Fidelity Bank’s MD/CEO, said in her welcome address at the event: “We are grateful for the warm welcome from the Houston community and residents of Nigerian descent.
“Quite often, we are asked why we choose to host this year’s FITCC in the city of Houston and our response has revolved around the economic opportunities provided by its demographic profile and ethnic diversity as well as its strategic location which makes the City the ideal destination for international trade and a transit point to other regional markets in the South of the United States of America.”
Ranked as one of the best banks in Nigeria, Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged customer commercial bank with over 8 million customers serviced across its 251 business offices in Nigeria and the United Kingdom as well as on digital banking channels, according to the statement.
It said the bank was recognised as the Best Payment Solution Provider Nigeria 2023 and Best SME Bank Nigeria 2022 by the Global Banking and Finance Awards. It has also won awards for the ‘Fastest Growing Bank’ and ‘MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year’ at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions Awards.