HSBC BANK ARMENIA TO RECEIVE 40 SCHOOL STUDENTS ON CAREER DAY

ARKA
June 1, 2009

YEREVAN, June 1. /ARKA/. HSBC Bank Armenia today is planning to
receive 40 school students from Armenia's regions for a Career Day
organized together with Junior Achievement Armenia (JAA).

The Career Day is for children to learn about the bank's structure,
the principles of financial services and the basics of banking. The
Career Day is a follow-up to a series of lectures conducted by
14 volunteers from HSBC Bank Armenia at 16 schools in different
regions of Armenia. During the lectures HSBC volunteers delivered
presentations on a number of topics in economics and finance. Forty
of these children were selected and invited to attend the Career Day
in HSBC Armenia's Head Office and National Service Centre.

Junior Achievement Armenia became the first winner of HSBC Global
Education Trust's Future Program in 2007 and received a three-year
grant worth USD75,000. The grant funds were allocated for offering
courses on economics, entrepreneurship and basic literacy for school
children in remote regions of Armenia.

Subsidiary of HSBC Bank Plc, HSBC Bank Armenia was registered on
September 25, 1995. HSBC Bank Plc holds 70% of the bank's shares,
with Diaspora Armenian investors holding 30% of the shares.

In January 2009, HSBC Bank Armenia joined NASDAQ OMX Armenia Stock
Exchange.