Citigroup Provides International Payment Services to Kiwibank

Auckland, New Zealand - September 7, 2006 – Citigroup and Kiwibank announced today that Kiwibank will provide a range of international accounts and services, leveraging Citigroup's products and processing capabilities. With this offering, Kiwibank's customers can enjoy a broad range of sophisticated international payment and trade products, including cross border funds transfers, trade services, foreign currency accounts and forward contracts.

"Providing a full range of international accounts and services consolidates Kiwibank's position as a full-service bank," said Sam Knowles, Chief Executive of Kiwibank. "We are delighted to work with Kiwibank to provide a solution that enables Kiwibank to expand its product with minimal investments by leveraging our network, processing infrastructure and product superiority," said Nigel Dobson, Managing Director and Asia Pacific Cash Management Head of Citigroup's Global Transaction Services. "Kiwibank's broad customer base and extensive distribution network in the New Zealand market provides a natural synergy with Citigroup's extensive global network in over 100 countries, international product c apabilities and delivery channels," he said.

Citigroup's international payment solutions are part of its Cross-Border Payment Solutions for Banks which provide a comprehensive set of international cash management capabilities, allowing banks to increase revenue and leverage Citigroup's processing infrastructure and network.

Citigroup's trade services solutions for financial institutions enable banks to gain access to an extensive global network and international Trade services through its web-based delivery platform, CitiDirect Online Banking.


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