International Bank of Somalia

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International Bank of Somalia
Private company
Industry Banking, finance
Founded 2014
Headquarters Mogadishu, Somalia
Key people
Hassan Ahmed Yusuf (CEO)
Products trade finance, mortgages, deposits, overdrafts, project funds

The International Bank of Somalia (IBS) (Somali: Bangiga caalamiga ah ee Soomaaliya, ) is an international bank headquartered in Mogadishu, Somalia.


The International Bank of Somalia began operations on 11 October 2014 in Mogadishu.[1] Its opening ceremony was attended by President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, along with various cabinet ministers, businessmen, and other invited guests.[2]

IBS was incorporated in July 2013.[3] As of March 2015, it is one of six local banks with commercial licences issued by the Central Bank of Somalia.[4] The company is the first international bank in the country in over twenty years.[5]

The bank adheres to global compliance, auditing and risk-management standards. It also plans to retain the auditor services of the US-based accountancy firm Deloitte.[4]

Additionally, the International Bank of Somalia in March 2015 launched a $10 million public share offering. Investment share tranches were valued at between $500 and $500,000. The public share offer was 10% of the share capital, with an additional 31% percent owned by IBS' founders. Banks based in the United Arab Emirates were among the interested potential stakeholders. Further equity is expected to be made available as the bank grows in size.[4]


IBS provides personal banking, commercial banking, wholesale banking, investment banking and Takaful to clients.[3] Its services include trade finance, mortgages, deposits, overdrafts, project funds.[6]

The bank is also slated to offer online banking and a mobile banking application.[4]


As of March 2015, the International Bank of Somalia is scheduled to establish an additional six branches in the capital within two months. It also aims to open four more outlets in other parts of the country by the end of the year, with one such branch to be based in the autonomous Somaliland region.[4]


The International Bank of Somalia was founded by Somali entrepreneurs, who are primarily based in Dubai. Hassan Ahmed Yusuf serves as the bank's Chief Executive Officer.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Somali Bank Becomes First Lender to Handle Foreign Transactions". Bloomberg. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Somali president urges businessmen to invest the country". Goobjoog. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "IBS Profile". International Bank of Somalia. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Bank seeks to raise $10 mln via share sale in war-torn Somalia". Goobjoog. 11 March 2015. Retrieved 19 March 2015.
  5. ^ "Somalia now has a bank that can move money internationally". Quartez. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Bank of Somalia opens in Mogadishu". Asoko Insight. 13 October 2014. Retrieved 19 March 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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