Citigroup Rolls Out New Global Remittance Service to Help Retail Banks Meet the Needs of Migrant Workers

Latest offering provides cost-effective, secure solution for facilitating cross-border payments

SIBOS, October, 2006, Sydney, Australia – Global Transaction Services, a business of Citigroup Corporate and Investment Banking, introduced a new service this week that enables banks to provide cost-effective, secure cross-border payment capabilities to immigrants in their countries.

As a global leader in both foreign exchange and payment origination, transfer and distribution, Citigroup is uniquely positioned to offer retail banks a comprehensive solution for providing global remittance services to the growing number of immigrants who regularly send funds to their home countries.

"This is a large, under-banked group of consumers who represent a real growth opportunity for banks in many countries," said Nancy Todor, Head of Global Remittances, Global Transaction Services. "What's more, by making it easier, less-costly and more secure for them to send funds, and for their recipients to get them, banks can increase the volume of payments globally that flow through formal, regulated channels."

According to some estimates, global remittances grew more than 10 percent annually between 1995 and 2006, with nearly one-third of them, or approximately U.S. $100 billion in 2005 alone, moving cross-border through unregulated or informal channels.

Focus on top origination and destination countries
The new Citigroup global remittance service will be targeted at key payment origination and destination countries, as identified by major multilateral organizations such as the World Bank. These include the top origination countries of U.S., Canada, Australia, Western Europe and the Gulf States and the leading destination countries of Mexico, India, the Philippines, and regions including South Asia and Latin America.

An end-to-end offering
When banks use the Citigroup service, their customers can easily initiate transactions electronically through a Web site or in-person at one of the bank's branches. Citigroup provides the Web site hosting, foreign exchange and funds transfer services, and delivery in "the last mile" to the beneficiary.

"Historically, cross-border consumer payments has been an area that has received little attention from the banking industry," added Todor. "However, more than ever there are larger numbers of consumers conducting cross-border transactions. Banks that expand or enhance their product offerings to meet the needs of these consumers now stand to secure an attractive position in the marketplace and to increase their market share."

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