The Commercial Bank of Ethiopia launched on Saturday December 2, 2017 its 75 Anniversary by holding Anniversary Walk that started from the historic Arada Branch (former State Bank of Ethiopia) and ended at the head office of the Bank. The Anniversary Walk was also reportedly held in 16 major towns of the country during the same day. Following the walk, former board chairpersons, presidents and other officials of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia that had exceptionally contributed to the success of the Bank were given awards at the newly built Zagwe building. in his welcoming address, Ato Bekalu Zeleke, President of the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia recounted the long journey of CBE before it became a leader in the banking industry. Based on its achievements, CBE has been striving to become a world class-bank by 2025 he added. The president expressed the bank's indebtedness to the former board members, executives, and employees as a vision with such magnitude was impossible without the devotion and commitment demonstrated by them to lay a strong foundation for the bank. His Excellency Dr.Yinager Desse, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of CBE congratulated the bank for its 75 fruitful years and noted that CBE has been contributing a great deal in financing the country's mega projects, especially those that have impact in determining the country's future. He promised that this contribution will further be consolidated.
The 75 Anniversary celebrations will continue till April 2018 accompanied with various events. Question and Answer competitions, athletics competitions, panel discussions, and blood donations are among the events that will be held in various parts of the country.