The National Development Bank with the mission to provide financial help to grow local businesses also has the responsibility to meet community obligations in the society.
As part of its corporate social responsibilities, the Bank engages itself in a number of different community events be it social, religious, educational and sports.
On September 2, 2020, the Bank’s branch in Goroka was fortunate to grace the presence of 31 final (4th) year agriculture students and two staffs from the University of Technology in Lae. One of their lecturers Dr. Gwendolyn Ban said the students’ visit was for academic purposes.
“Our students from the Agriculture department here at the PNG University of Technology have been visiting various agricultural industries and NDB is one of them,” she said.
Ban added that this trip is done annually where the students go on excursions to learn about research, production and extension services in the agriculture sector.
“We believe that visiting NDB would be of great benefit to students as they learn about the different products the Bank can offer to people who are doing business or planning on doing business in the agriculture field,” she said.
The purpose of their visit was also to see if there are employment opportunities in the Bank for students when they leave school.
Branch manager for NDB Goroka Tim Lafana on behalf of the Bank, acknowledges the students’ visit by taking them through an informational session on the bank and its sole purpose of being the government’s vehicle for wealth creation in the country.
Branch manager NDB Goroka Tim Lafana (right) and branch staffs farewelled Dr. Gwendolyn Ban (second from left) and her students from the University of Technology at the Goroka Branch office after the visit.