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Prehistoric. Pharaonic. Arab. Ottoman. Muslim. Christian. Jewish. There’s something for everyone.


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In ancient times Aswan was a garrison town for the military campaigns against Nubia; its quarries provided the granite used for ancient Egypt’s mammoth sculptures and obelisks.

Timeline of Milestones


  • First joint venture bank in Egypt was Chase National Bank
  • Becomes the 1rst Egyptian bank to introduce an Institutional Banking Risk Rating Model


  • Becomes first private sector bank to create a dedicated division providing 24/7 banking services to shipping clients, with primary focus on business in the Suez Canal


  • Head office moved to the Nile Tower building in Giza


  • After 12 years in a joint venture, on 15 June Chase Manhattan divested its stake in the Bank, based on a decision to reduce its minority holdings worldwide
  • The Bank’s name was effectively changed to Commercial International Bank (CIB)


  • CIB was selected by BSP to become its agent in Egypt
  • CIB remains the only bank that offers this service to airline passengers


  • First Egyptian commercial bank to arrange debt swap transactions
  • CIB becomes first bank to launch smart card centre in Egypt


  • CIB wins Euromoney’s ‘Best Bank in Egypt’ award for six consecutive years until 1998
  • Bank concludes Egypt’s largest IPO for a domestic bank on 12 September, with oversubscription rate of 150%, selling 1.5 million shares in a span of 10 days and generating EGP 390 mn in proceeds, using no underwriters but relying instead on the Bank’s own marketing and placement capabilities for share sales


  • First bank in Egypt to connect with the international SWIFT network


  • First Egyptian bank to have a GDR program on London Stock Exchange


  • First Egyptian bank to link to SWIFT via CITA
  • CIB concludes first and largest Euro-syndicated loan (USD 200 mn)
  • Becomes first private sector bank with investment rating (after Luxor incident) (‘BBB -‘ by Fitch IBCA)


  • CIB becomes first private sector bank with investment rating (after Luxor incident (‘BBB -‘ by S&P)
  • First bank to link its database to that of Misr Clearing, Settlement & Deposit Company
  • First Egyptian bank to form Board of Directors Audit Committee


  • CIB becomes first private sector bank with investment rating (after Luxor incident (‘BBB -‘ by S&P)
  • First bank to link its database to that of Misr Clearing, Settlement & Deposit Company
  • First Egyptian bank to form Board of Directors Audit Committee
  • First Internal Audit Department to be independent
  • One of the first Egyptian banks to establish a custody department
  • One of the first Egyptian banks that established a brokerage arm (CIBC)


  • First two Certified Bank Auditors (CBA)


  • First Egyptian bank to register its shares on New York Stock Exchange in the form of American Depository Receipts (ADR) Level 1 program
  • CIB becomes first bank to introduce FX cash services for five currencies on ATM


  • Heya becomes the first credit card on the market to acknowledge women’s financial independence


  • Only bank in Egypt to be awarded JP Morgan Quality Recognition Award starting 2005 up until 2012
  • CIB launches Osoul, its first money market fund in LCY
  • First bank in Egypt to launch a page on Bloomberg for local debt securities


  • CIB was the first to adopt a pricing policy according to the client risk rating as a step forward to abide by Basel II requirements
  • CIB was the first bank in Egypt to execute EGP 200 mn R’epo transaction in local market
  • First and largest Egyptian bank to provide securitisation trustee services


  • Only Bank in Egypt chosen by UNIFEM and World Bank to participate in the Gender Equity Model (GEM)


  • First bank to use Value at Risk (VaR) for trading and banking book for internal risk management requirements, despite there being no regulatory requirements


  • CIB becomes first regional bank to introduce unique concierge and MasterCard emergency services
  • Only Egyptian bank recognised as ‘Best Bank in Egypt’ by four publications: Euromoney, Global Finance, EMEA Finance, and The Banker in the same year


  • First Egyptian bank to establish a GTS Department
  • Only bank in Egypt able to retain one of the top two positions in the primary and secondary markets for Treasury Bills and Treasury Bonds
  • CIB is the first and only local bank in Egypt to begin enforcing Business Continuity Standards
  • CIB Foundation becomes the first in Egypt to have its annual budget institutionalised as part of its founding institution’s by-laws, as CIB shareholders unanimously agreed to dedicate 1% of Bank’s net annual profit to the Foundation


  • CIB-TCM becomes the pioneer of trading in almost 114 new and unconventional currencies


  • CIB becomes the first Egyptian bank to officially establish a Sustainable Development Department


  • First Egyptian bank to receive JP Morgan Elite STP Award
  • First Egyptian bank to upgrade its ADR to be traded on OTCQX platform US
  • First Egyptian bank to sign an agreement with Bolero International LTD joining the Bolero Multi-Bank service for Guarantees
  • CIB is the first bank in Egypt to establish ERM framework and road map, endorsed and monitored by the BoD
  • Becomes the first to use RAROC
  • CIB breaks the record for the highest number of blood donors in a corporate office in a single-day campaign in Egypt through the Triple Effect initiative inaugurated by the CIB Foundation
  • CIB becomes the first bank in Egypt to introduce an interactive multimedia platform that offers customers the option of interacting with call centre agents over video calls


  • First Egyptian bank to sign agreement with Misr for Central Clearing, Depository, and Registry (MCDR) to issue debit cards for investors to collect cash dividends
  • CIB launches first co-brand credit card, Mileseverywhere, with national carrier EgyptAir
  • Introduces the first interactive social media platform in the Egyptian banking industry, available 24/7 to handle all customer queries
  • CIB becomes the first bank in Egypt to sponsor the establishment of intensive care units in Sohag through the Foundation, donating EGP 6 mn to outfit the pediatric department at Sohag University Hospital with cutting-edge equipment
  • The first block trading transaction on the EGX takes place when Actis sells its 6.5% stake in CIB to Fairfax


  • First Egyptian bank to successfully pass external quality assurance on Internal Audit function
  • CIB launches roadside assistance services for the first time in Egypt
  • CIB generates highest FX income among private-sector banks in Egypt (in the past 10 years)
  • CIB becomes the first bank in Egypt to recognise conduct risk and establish a framework for it, despite the lack of regulatory requirements


  • CIB launches its mobile banking application, which includes various banking services and offers clients numerous features to conveniently manage their accounts.
  • CIB becomes the first Egyptian bank recognised as an active member in the globally renowned United Nations Environmental Program - Financial Initiative.
  • CIB wins the Socially Responsible Bank of the Year 2016 award from African Banker.
  • Recognised for the first time for several awards, including:
    • Best Bank in Egypt Supporting Women Owned and Women Run Businesses by the American Chamber of Commerce in Egypt
    • Two awards in Achievement in Liquidity Risk and Operational Risk for Middle East & Africa by Asian Banker for 2016
    • Best Retail Risk Management Initiative by Asian Banker for 2016
    • Most Active Issuing Bank in Egypt in 2015 by The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
    • Middle East Most Effective Recovery 2016 by BCI