Diamond Bank partners HP, Microsoft to drive SMEs through ICT


One of Nigeria’s commercial banks, Diamond Bank, is set to partner HP, Microsoft, Intel and MTN Nigeria, to drive the activities of Small and Medium Enterprises in Nigeria.
Diamond Bank’s Head, Emerging Businesses, Mrs. Njideka Esomeju, explained that the financial institution decided to collaborate with the Information and Communication Technology firms to empower SMEs with technology to drive their businesses across the country.
She said that though there were challenges in the course of operating small businesses, technology has played a key role in ensuring that small businesses thrive, especially during the current economic recession.
Esomeju said, “With the Diamond Mobile POS, you can conveniently make payments for goods and services, using your debit, credit or prepaid cards. We are pleased to introduce to you the latest innovation in electronic payment – Diamond Mobile POS. A miniature version of the conventional POS terminal, the Diamond Mobile POS works on any internet enabled smart phone or tablet.
“With mPOS, merchants are guaranteed speed, increased safety and reliability in payment settlement, when they use their debit, credit and prepaid cards. The device is offered at no cost to merchants, stronger network connectivity, even in remote areas, accept all cards, generate e-receipts and provide inventory management services because we have realised that with our solution, technology is the way to go.”
The Head, SME Customers Marketing, Microsoft Nigeria, Mr. Adeniyi Adebote, said that technology would help accelerate small businesses in the country, adding that business owners do not need to have an office before using technology to grow their businesses.
He added that Microsoft’s Cloud connectivity would enable customers to have their information secured, stressing that no customer’s information could be given out without his/her prior consent.