Citigroup Launches Commercial Cards Expansion Program in Malaysia

March 28, 2006 — Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, 28 March 2006: Global Transaction Services, a business unit of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank, announced today it is expanding its commercial cards programme in Malaysia, offering companies an easy, convenient way to manage travel and entertainment expenses and pay for key supplies, control employee spending limits, meet cash flow needs, and track business expenses. With the enhanced service, clients will be able to access information by using an array of solutions to provide more detailed information on corporate expenditure.

Citigroup's commercial cards program offers companies an efficient way to reduce costs by streamlining the processes associated with expense management, simplifying the back office process for clients.

Citibank® Commercial Cards' offers a Corporate Card and a Purchasing Card. The Corporate Card is mainly used for corporate expenses associated with business travel while the Purchasing Card is used mainly for purchasing and payments for companies. The Purchasing Card allows companies to move from multiple invoices to just one statement offering a more cost-effective payment process.

Sanjeev Nanavati, Citigroup Malaysia's head of Corporate and Investment Banking said, "We are very pleased to take a new strategic view of the commercial cards product in Malaysia. For many organisations, streamlining their back office processes and control over spending are key sources of competitive advantage. The team in Malaysia is geared up to take on additional commercial cards business as an integral component of our cash management solutions."

"Our expansion program in Malaysia is part of our ongoing commitment to Asia," says Steven Murphy, business head for Citigroup's commercial cards in Asia. "Supporting clients with best-in-class solutions and market-leading expertise that enables greater process improvements and delivers bottom line savings is paramount to our strategy," he added.

Citigroup's commercial cards business offers card programs in 39 countries used by over 1,000,000 corporate and government cardholders. The high popularity of the product relies on its international reach and the ability to integrate with clients' internal financial management and procurement systems. Citibank®Commercial Cards offers clients the benefits of a worldwide presence due to the relationship with MasterCard.

"At MasterCard, we understand that corporations face a tougher choice and the procurement needs go far beyond a well-accepted payment card. Payment solutions must take an end-to-end integrated approach that works with existing or future processes to provide continuous improvements in efficiency and control," said Peter Gordon, vice president, Commercial Payment Solutions, Asia/Pacific, MasterCard International.


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About Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking
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About MasterCard International
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