Nigeria and Kenya are the best opportunities in Africa for 2015 expansion: Diana Layfield, CEO, Standard Chartered Africa

Diana Layfield, CEO, Standard Chartered Africa

Standard Chartered Plc, which has operated in Africa for more than 150 years, sees Nigeria and Kenya as the best opportunities on the continent for its business to expand in 2015.

“We’ll spend a lot of time focused on some of the very large growth opportunities, so Nigeria and Kenya probably being the two most prominent,” Diana Layfield, chief executive officer for Africa at the London-based bank, said late Thursday in Abidjan, Ivory Coast’s commercial capital.

Standard Chartered, which has retail banking operations in most of the 15 African countries where it’s present, doesn’t plan to expand to new markets on the continent this year, Layfield said. “We’ll build the business that we have.”

Read more: Standard Chartered’s Africa Focus This Year Is on Nigeria, Kenya – Bloomberg Business.