FNB Swaziland has partnered with the Swaziland Economic Policy Analysis and Research Centre (SEPARC) for an Essay competition for youth themed ‘Banking on innovation to kindle Made in Eswatini.’
The contest is calling on young creative minds to take the country’s future economic status into their capable hands by coming up with innovative ideas to kindle a spirit of entrepreneurship that will propel proudly ‘Made in Eswatini’ products and services.
This year’s partnership was launched at FNB Headquarters on August 3, 2018 with FNB sponsoring it a sum of E57 000.
FNB Head of Marketing Zethu Dlamini said the bank saw it fit to come on board in this project because it is an investment in the country’s future.
“We thought that such a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm should be mentored and groomed towards the right direction. We look forward to more and leveraging on your skills as economic researchers (at SEPARC) and we especially love this year’s theme as it speaks to who we are as a bank. Innovation is part of who we are, it is what differentiates us from the rest, we innovate to help and helping young people is where it all begins,” she said.
Acting Executive Director Thabo Sacolo said this was the second instalment of the competition following one that took place in 2017.
“We appreciate the confidence that FNB has shown in our partnership. Since SEPARC’s and FNB’s goals align in terms of using innovative ways to solve everyday problems (both social and economic), the institutions saw it fit to once again partner in cultivating a culture of entrepreneurship in Eswatini through innovation,” he said.
Prizes will be awarded to the best six essay writers. The six finalists will present their essays at the first ever Eswatini Learners Economic Conference scheduled for October 2018 at Ezulwini.
Best three essays will be awarded a laptop, E1 000 cash deposited into FNB Future Save account, FNB/SEPARC goody hampers. Next best three will get E1 000 cash deposited into FNB Future Save account, FNB/SEPARC goody hampers.
All submitted essays shall be published in a special booklet to be distributed at the learners’ conference, and the best essays shall be posted onto the SEPARC website, app, and social media platforms as well as published in mainstream media.
The deadline for submission of entries is September 14, 2018.