Citigroup signs network agreement with the Housing and Development Bank in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, 23 June 2005 — Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services (GTS) unit today announced the signing of an agreement with The Housing and Development Bank (HDB) in Egypt which will enable Citigroup’s corporate customers in Egypt to utilize HDB’s country-wide network.

Citigroup’s domestic and overseas customers will now be able to accept cash deposits, make cash payments, locally cash cheques and make remittances through the 33 HDB branches across Egypt. This will result in more efficient service and will, in time, be extended to all of HDB’s 55 branches.

In a signing ceremony held today at The Housing and Development Bank, Mr. Fathy El Sebaai, Chairman of HDB, Mr. Frank Bisignano, CEO of Citigroup GTS worldwide, and Mr. Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi, CEO of Citigroup GTS EMEA, conducted the signing which officially launches this new service.

Citigroup GTS EMEA has provided important technical support to make this service available, which will now offer greater convenience and speed to its corporate customers and in addition, affordability to the Egyptian public. Citigroup will also be conducting training for some employees of The Housing and Development Bank, focusing on technical support and customer service.

Mr. Fathy El Sebaai said, “We are extremely excited by this agreement with Citigroup and have worked closely with them to ensure we will be successful in offering this unique service to our marketplace. We look forward to further partnerships in the future.”

Mr. Frank Bisignano emphasised Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services’ plans to partner with banks across EMEA and offer transaction services for Citigroup’s corporate customers. “As of today, Citigroup manages a growing number of relationships with banks throughout the EMEA region, and we intend to work closely with them and support their lines of business with innovative financial products. Citigroup is uniquely positioned to help banks achieve their product extension and market development plans and this agreement with The Housing and Development Bank is illustrative of that.”

Mr. Francesco Vanni d’Archirafi added, “In addition to serving our financial institution clients, this new service will also enable other Egyptian corporate clients the opportunity to utilize a fast, convenient and most importantly, economical service to the Egyptian public.”


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