Abu Dhabi / EMIRATES BUSINESS
’Pakistan-based JS Bank has officially opened its first branch office outside of its home country, in the Kingdom of Bahrain, targeting the GCC, and eventually the wider Middle East
and North Africa (MENA). The announcement follows the awarding of a wholesale conventional banking license to JS Bank by the Central Bank of Bahrain (CBB) last year.
As the eighth licensed Pakistani wholesale bank in Bahrain, JS Bank will serve regional businesses with interests in Pakistan, non-resident Pakistani expatriates, other Pakistani banks without overseas branches, and Pakistani
government entities. Its service offerings include trade finance, treasury, institutional banking, corporate banking, and private banking & wealth management. JS Bank Chairman, Jahangir Siddiqui said that the Bank is pleased to be contributing further to strengthening business relations between the GCC and Pakistan.
“The GCC was already an important market for us which we now seek to develop further through a physical presence here. In addition to having two banking hubs in Bahrain and Dubai, the region also has a sizeable Pakistani expatriate community, including many running their own businesses who have a strong need for our services. The ties between the GCC and Pakistan, both economic and diplomatic, date back decades, and we are committed to helping to further strengthen this relationship, while also serving the business community,” said Siddiqui.