KARACHI - During the current year, First Women Bank Ltd showed record growth in all financial key components. As of June 30, 2009 the total advances portfolio reached the highest position of Rs4.12 billion and Deposits have increased from Rs5.8 billion to Rs7.68 billion. Addressing the 20th Annual Conference of FWBL, Shafqat Sultana President & CEO expressed her satisfaction over the performance of the bank. She said that the bank in it endeavours to provide quality service catering to the special needs of women in the country. The theme of the conference was Empowering women through Dynamic Partnerships. Women are the architects of the society. Today Pakistan desperately needs for its women to be recognised as economic agents. They must know that the stronger power in the world is economic power. If our women are not economically empowered, they will always remain submissive. An empowered organisation is one in which individuals have the knowledge, skill, desire, and opportunity to personally succeed in a way that leads to collective organisational success. We are fortunate that we belong to an empowering institution that empowers women. She said. The Conference was attended by the Area Managers, Divisional Heads, Regional Heads and Branch Managers from all over the country. Strategies were discussed and line of action was formulated to achieve the December 2009 targets. Later, the president awarded the management and staff for their outstanding performance in the year 2008. Blue Area Branch Islamabad declared the best Corporate Branch while Faisalabad Branch stood runners-up. Larkana Branch received the Best Branch Award in Medium size category while AIOU Branch Islamabad received runners-up award. Best Small Branch award was given to Sukkur and Abbottabad branches. Awards and Certificates were also given to Area Managers. They were Bushra Ehsan, Tasneem Rizvi, Sabiha Zafar, Seema Moulvi and Zahida Channa, Ghazala Hussain and Parvin M khan. Shaheen Zamir, Ameena Farooq, Masooma Firdousi, Iqbal Hussain, Furqan Yasir, Naushaba Shahzad, Farida Faridi, Nida Naz and others were awarded certificate of excellence for their outstanding performance.