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Run your own bank competing against young banking professionals across the continent!

Battle of the Banks, also known as the Online Bank Management Competition (OBMC) is an annual international competition that provides you and your colleagues a unique opportunity to develop practical skills and to gain a holistic view of the business of banking in Africa.

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Partnership Battle of the Banks

Brought to you by ICAP Training Solutions powered by SimArch

For the Online Bank Management Competition (OBMC) 2017, SimArch has teamed up with its partner, ICAP Training Solutions, to deliver the annual Battle of the Banks for the African region.

Battle of the Banks is open to all African banks and provides participants with a unique opportunity to develop practical skills in banking and to gain a holistic view of the business of banking in Africa. We are delighted to be partnering with ICAP in the Battle of the Banks and are looking forward to the kick-off on the 29th of May 2017.

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Theme for OBMC 2014: Risk Management to the Forefront

The financial crisis from 2007 to 2009 caused increased volatility and greater uncertainty in financial markets globally. Ever since the profitability of banks have been under constant pressure. As a result Risk Management has moved to the forefront of the financial landscape.

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Online Bank Management Contest 2014

For the fifth year in a row SimArch and Partners are conducting the Online Bank Management Competition with the main objective of creating an alternative and fun platform for learning among young professionals from commercial banks, financial institutions and consulting companies.

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Find out from previous participants why your team should join this year’s Online Bank Management Contest

“The OBMC was a great experience: competing within a multidisciplinary team and at the same time getting a good insight in how the banking business works”.

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Find out who earned the title "Best Managed Bank" for the OBMC 2012!

The Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest 2012 has successfully come to an end. After three days of fierce competition, a fully deserved ‘Well done!’ is due to all the banks that were selected to partake in this part of the Contest, held live in Brussels. The four banks who partook in the finals were: Ameriabank from Yerevan, CSOB Bank from Prague, FirstRand Bank from Johannesburg and ING from New York.

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Four Banks qualifying for the Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest 2012

From the 21st of May up until the 27th of June 2012, banking professionals from around the globe were invited to take part in the Online Bank Management Contest (OBMC) for 2012. This year, more than 124 banking professionals with between 3 to 8 years experience in Banking, took part in the OBMC.

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Find out who earned the title Best Managed Bank for the OBMC 2011!

The Global Finals of the Online Bank Management Contest has successfully come to an end. This Global Finals of the OBMC 2011 ended on a very high note and we can truly say it was a memorable experience in every possible way. The devotion each team had to the contest was impeccable and added great value to the dynamics throughout the competition.

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OBMC 2011

SimArch announces the finalists for the Online Bank Management Contest 2011

The teams who managed to qualify for the Global Finals held live in New York are the following:

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World Savings Banks Institute

New York Institute of Finance is now a partner of the OBMC Americas

Started in 1922 by the New York Stock Exchange, the New York Institute of Finance is the premier financial training organization, serving clients globally.

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European Savings Banks Group

European Savings Banks Group is now a partner of the OBMC 2011

The European Savings Banks Group (ESBG) is a European banking association that represents the interests of its 28 members vis-à-vis the EU Institutions, with a specific focus on retail banking issues.

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World Savings Banks Institute

World Savings Banks Institute is now a partner of the OBMC 2011

The World Savings Banks Institute (WSBI) represents 111 savings and retail banks in 90 countries towards governmental and non-governmental organizations on international and national level.

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OBMC 2011

NEW DIMENSION TO THE OBMC 2011

From the 11th of May up until the 17th of June SimArch in association with World Savings Banks Institute, European Savings Banks Group and New York Institute of Finance will be conducting an Online Bank Management Contest in Europe – The Americas - Africa & the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

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OBMC 2011 granting free access to the Accelerated Development Program, FirstB@nksim

All participants taking part in the OBMC 2011 gain free access to our E-Learning Accelerated Development Program FirstB@nksim.

The Accelerated Development Programme is a personal development tool designed

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Find out who earned the title Best Managed Bank for the OBMC 2010!

The second phase of the Online Bank Management Contest has successfully come to an end. This final phase of the OBMC 2010 ended on a very high note and we can truly say it was a memorable experience in every possible way. The devotion each team had to the contest was impeccable and added great value to the dynamics throughout the competition.

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View the rankings of the top five participating banks

Ranking of the top five participating banks are:

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SimArch launches a new website for FirstB@nksim

As we approach the second decade of this century more than ever before is there a requirement for the accelerated development of young banking professionals.

FirstB@nksim assists banks in the development of talent through practical & integrated learning interventions.

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Join us on Facebook

We have uploaded over 100 pictures from the OBMC 2010 on Facebook. Feel free to take a look. OBMC participants have already joined our network. This website provides the ideal learning platform to develop excellence among future business leaders in banking.

Registrations have now started for the OBMC 2011

Registrations have now started for the OBMC 2011. We look forward to your banks participation in the OBMC 2011. The Kick-off is on Wednesday 11 May 2011 and the Global Finals will be held live in New York!