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SCB participates in Queens Baton relay

Dec 18, 2009, 9:30 PM

Standard Chartered Bank last Saturday 12th December, handled the famous Queen's Baton, symbolic of the Queen's Baton relay, which is one of the greatest traditions of the Commonwealth Games, having being the curtain-raiser to every games since Cardiff 1958. The relay symbolises the gathering of people from across the Commonwealth at the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.

Receiving the trophy from the Secretary-General of NOC - SL, Humphrey Mukwereza, CEO Standard Chartered Bank Gambia commented "Standard Chartered believes in long-term partnerships. We are honoured to be part of the Queen's Baton Relay journey, which is one of the greatest traditions of the Commonwealth Games. Over the years, the Queen's Baton Relay has evolved into a powerful symbol of the unity and diversity of Commonwealth nations and the Delhi 2010 batons journey is planned to be the biggest yet."

According to him, it is of great significance that the baton has commenced this fascinating journey from the Buckingham palace to begin its African safari in The Gambia. He expressed delight that Standard Chartered Bank is part of the relay journey, which fosters a feeling of right partnership that promotes fraternity among Commonwealth nations in the world.

Standard Chartered Plc, listed on both London and Hong Kong stock exchanges, ranks among the top 25 companies in the ftse-100 by market capitalisation. The London-headquartered group has operated for over 150 years in some of the world's most dynamic markets, leading the way in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

Leading by example to be the right partner for its stakeholders, the group is committed to building a sustainable business over the long-term and is trusted worldwide for upholding high standards of corporate governance, social responsibility, environmental protection and employee diversity.

"On behalf of Standard Chartered Bank, we wish the baton a peaceful journey through the Global safari and a safe arrival in Delhi for the 2010 Commonwealth Games," Mr. Mukwereza ended.

The Queen's Baton will travel through all the Commonwealth countries until it lands in India, where it will spend 100 days, touring the 28 states and back to its final destination, the Jawaharlal Neru Stadium for the opening ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games, where Her Majesty's message will be read aloud to the athletes.