Unique position

With an extensive and high quality retail banking network on the continent, Societe Generale benefits from a unique position combining the advantages of an international bank and the proximity of a local bank. In Africa, Societe Generale supports local economies and caters to 4 million clients 175,000 of which are corporate clients.

Societe Generale thus aims to be the reference partner in order to support its clients in Africa, thanks to:

  • excellent knowledge of the African countries where the Group is present;
  • dedicated teams to support the development of client’s projects, whatever their profile is;
  • access to professional expertise to respond to all our client’s projects, whether it be in Africa or  internationally.


In January 2019, Societe Generale announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with Absa Group Limited for the implementation of a commercial contract to jointly develop their activities by offering a pan-African banking services offer to destination of large customers.

This partnership is based on geographic complementarity and the combined strengths of Societe Generale and Absa to strengthen their know-how and offer a wide range of banking products and services to large companies and financial institutions, domestic and international, operating in Africa.
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The partnership also includes a joint offer for Chinese companies operating in Africa, which was first presented in June 2019 in Beijing.

Find out more about Societe Generale's China-Africa initiative