Arab Financial Services (AFS) honored for its workforce nationalization efforts in Bahrain

Arab Financial Services (AFS), the leading digital payment solutions provider and fintech enabler in the Middle East and Africa, has been recognized and honored for its workforce nationalization efforts at an event that took place recently on the sidelines of the GCC ministerial meetings hosted by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. AFS was the only financial institution from the Kingdom of Bahrain to receive this honor, as a committed employer of Bahraini talent.

On this occasion, Samer Soliman Arab Financial Services (AFS) CEO said: “This is a tremendous honor for AFS and reflects the importance we place on recruiting and nurturing local talent. Our employees are the most important drivers of the organization’s growth and innovation, and this award provides validation of our best practice in all areas of Employee Development. I would like to extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Ministry of Labour & Social Development, for honoring and recognizing AFS’s efforts, and to our regulator the Central Bank of Bahrain who actively supports our growth and innovation.

His Excellency Minister of Human Resources and Social Development (HRSD), in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Eng. Ahmed bin Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, honored 19 leading companies in the fields of labor and development across the GCC states, at the event. Receiving the award on behalf of AFS was Mrs. Zainab Ali, Senior Human Resources Officer.

With 70% Bahrainization across its Bahrain operations, AFS is committed to its national workforce investment while offering exciting career opportunities both locally and regionally. Most recently, AFS successfully concluded its inaugural Summer Internship Programme: AFS iSuites. The programme, which trained promising, primarily Bahraini, students from local, regional, and global academic institutions, is a testament to AFS’s commitment to supporting youth by developing their professional and technical skills. The internship programme focused on giving students with a range of academic specializations a strong payments technology knowledge-based foundation that will serve them well in future.

Regulated by The Central Bank of Bahrain, and majority-owned by Bank ABC, AFS boasts numerous ground-breaking end-to-end digital payment services and solutions. These span debit, credit, and Islamic card processing, merchant acquiring, fintech, and a suite of state-of-the-art value-added services. Providing the highest quality payments solutions that are trusted by businesses, AFS has offices and data centers in Bahrain, the UAE, and Oman. Its dedication to innovation has positioned AFS as a driving market force delivering a rich portfolio of payment solutions including popular digital mobile wallets, market-leading merchant acquiring services, Bahrain’s leading digital payroll solution, global contact centers and more.