Commercialbank exceeds 98% STPR for US Dollar payments

Doha, June 2005 – Citigroup Global Transaction Services (GTS), a business unit of Citigroup, recently presented the Commercialbank of Qatar (Commercialbank) with the 2004 Quality Recognition Award for achieving a Straight Through Processing Rate (STPR) in excess of 98% for US Dollar payments sent through Citibank New York, a member of Citigroup.

The Quality Recognition Award is a prestigious annual award developed by Citigroup Global Transaction Services and is presented to leading financial institutions around the world, which meet the award’s strict correspondent banking and processing criteria.

Sarmad Lone, Vice President and Head of Citigroup’s Financial Institution Group in the Gulf region, said: “ We congratulate Commercialbank, one of Citigroup’s top correspondent banks in the region, for winning the 2004 Quality Recognition Award. Commericalbank was selected among top candidates in the region to receive this prestigious award.”

Receiving the award on behalf of Commercialbank, Mr. Andrew Duff, Corporate Banking and Capital Market Group Head, remarked: “The Quality Recognition Award received from Citigroup is a recognition of top level of efficiency and performance attained by Commercialbank. We are very proud to receive such an award from the world’s leading financial institution.”


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