BAB to launch sign language dictionary

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Manama, May 27 (BNA): Bahrain Association of Banks (BAB) signed a Memorandum of understanding MoU with Bahrain Deaf Society aims to launch a unified dictionary for banking terminologies in sign language, which enables deaf and dumb to deal with banks and make banking transactions easily.

The agreement signed by BAB Chief executive Dr Waheed Al Qassim and president of Bahrain Deaf Society Ms. Salma Alasfoor. Presences were Mr. Mahdi Alnaimi head of translators’ committee and Mr. Yusuf Hasan, Director of Retail Banking Supervision at the Central Bank of Bahrain.

Making remarks on the agreement, Dr. Al Qassim stressed that this initiative comes under the directions of the Central Bank of Bahrain, in the framework of ensuring that customers with disabilities, including deaf, have access to all banking services provided by banks.

Dr. Al Qassim further pointed out that BAB will support the Deaf Society to launch this dictionary that all deaf needs to open a new bank account, deposits, withdrawals and transfers. He praised CBB efforts to train banking and financial employees on serving disables and elderly.

“This comes in the framework of BAB’s social responsibilities towards Bahraini society to support special needs people and to integrate them in the community. Banks and financial institutions in Bahrain are the foremost supporters of Bahraini society through donations and adopting social and humanitarian initiatives”. Dr Al Qassim added.

For her part, Ms. Al Asfoor extended her thanks and appreciation to BAB for supporting the launch of this dictionary which will ensure that deaf people have the right to access banking services equally and that the environment is proper according to their needs.

Mr. Yusuf Hasan noted that CBB is keen to promote the financial inclusion concept which enables all society segments to access banking services including special needs people, maintaining their legal rights and ensuring the confidentiality of their information.