A long-standing partner of the African continent, Societe Generale is confirming its commitment in Africa and asserting its drive to support economies, private customers and corporate clients. Operating in 18 African countries, the Group benefits from a unique position in the region, enabling us to offer our customers the expertise and knowledge of an international bank and the proximity of a local bank. In Africa, the Group supports local economies and caters to 3.5 million customers, of which 150,000 are corporate clients. Africa is at the heart of the Group’s strategic priorities.

Alexandre Maymat Head of Africa for Societe Generale

At a time when Africa is inventing its own approach to consuming banking products and services, Societe Generale Group has asserted its drive to be a key player in this transformation.

Viewpoints on our strategy in Africa


Operating on the African continent since 1911, Societe Generale is taking the lead in key markets and asserting its drive for development on the continent. Benefiting from the advantages of belonging to a large international group and from the proximity of a local bank, Societe Generale has a unique position in the region. New partnerships, growing synergies, close cooperation with development finance institutions and innovation all drive our customer service strategy.

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Long-standing commitment on the African continent

Over a century operating in Africa

Societe Generale’s presence in Africa is defined by support for the independence process and an ongoing search for partnerships. Retrace key dates in the Group’s history in Africa, with its local presence, innovations and stories—in images!

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Supporting businesses


Our corporate offer

Solutions to meet the needs of customers in Africa

Societe Generale employs specialists tasked with making all the experience and services of an international group available to its customers. The Group brings its expertise and its understanding of the local industrial fabric and business environment, the regulatory and fiscal framework and the procedures and formalities that need to be completed.

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Master Partner of Rencontres Africa 2017

For the second consecutive year Societe Generale, a major player in the development of the African economy, is supporting Rencontres Africa (Meeting Africa) as a Major Partner. Running from 2 to 6 October, the event brings together over 1,000 African senior managers from 30 countries and over 300 French companies in three cities Abidjan, Nairobi and Tunis.

Alexandre Maymat, Head of the Africa region at Societe Generale group, will take part in two conferences: in Abidjan on 2 October, “Intergration and emergence: the place of the private sector and of the Africa-France partnership”, and in Tunis on 5 October “Tunisian-French cooperation in action for the development of Africa”.

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