ABC Bank has launched a money remittance solution to facilitate fast, secure and cost-efficient money transfers from Kenya to India. This is part of the bank’s strategy to grow its reach in to new frontiers.
The new solution, dubbed iRem, enables ABC Bank customers and non-customers alike to make person-to-person, business-to-business and business-to-customer funds transfer in the Indian currency, Rupee, at competitive forex rates. Funds are remitted efficiently and promptly since the service is connected to SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) which provides a network that enables financial institutions worldwide to send and receive information about financial transactions in a secure, standardized and reliable environment.
ABC Bank is seeking to tap in to the increasing trade between the two countries, which saw India’s exports in to Kenya grow to USD 4,118 billion (Ksh. 42.7 trillion) in the financial year 2014/15, according to India’s High Commission in Kenya website. There are also many investment partnerships between Kenya and India.
Besides the large population of Asian Kenyans, there is an increasingly large number of Indians living and working in Kenya. Additionally, over 18,000 Kenyans are issued with visas to study and work in India.
“Essentially, the remittances between the two countries are increasing in direct proportion to the growing socio-economic activity between them, hence the need for reliable and cost effective funds transfer solutions”, said ABC Banks’ Group General Manager, Peter Kinyanjui.
The new product- iRem- is an addition to the bouquet of local and international money transfer services that ABC Bank has rolled out in the last couple of years to facilitate a seamless financial interconnectivity of people in different parts of the world.
Kinyanjui added: This product is more than a remittance solution; it will further catalyze the entrepreneurial acumen and prop up the social support system of the Indian communities in both countries.