WorldRemit has gone into partnership with Access Bank Plc for instant money transfers to the accounts of the bank’s customers in the Nigeria.
The new partnership, according to a statement, further expanded WorldRemit’s presence in Nigeria, allowing its customers in over 50 countries to send money to millions of Access Bank accounts directly from their phones.
Access Bank is one of the leading commercial banks in Nigeria, with an extensive network of millions of customer accounts and over 340 branches.
The bank explained in a statement that the new partnership was expected to increase convenience and ease of banking for Access Bank’s customers in Nigeria as well as support the country’s efforts to achieve financial inclusion.
Plans to grow the partnership would connect over 15 million Access Bank customers in Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Rwanda, the Gambia, Sierra Leone and Zambia to WorldRemit’s best in class online money transfer experience.
The deal supports WorldRemit’s plan to serve 10 million customers connected to emerging markets by 2020.
With a Diaspora of 15 million people living in countries such as United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, remittances play a significant role in Nigeria’s economy. The World Bank estimated that in 2017 alone Nigeria received $22 billion in remittances, making it the largest recipient in Africa.
Commenting on the initiative, the Executive Director at Access Bank Plc, Victor Etuokwu said: “It is with great pleasure that Access Bank Plc is partnering WorldRemit, a reputable global payment service, to provide our customers with secure and reliable international money transfers.
“As a top player in the remittance industry in Nigeria, our extensive branch network and large customer base will be invaluable to this partnership, and we are confident that this relationship will be mutually beneficial to both parties. This alliance also supports Access Bank’s aspiration of being Africa’s gateway to the world.”
On his part, the Regional Director of Africa and the Middle East at WorldRemit, Andrew Stewart said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Access Bank, a leading commercial bank in Nigeria with a strong presence across Africa.
“Nigeria remains our largest market in Africa, accounting for one quarter of all transactions to the continent, and this partnership will support the country’s transition from offline remittances to online, safer, faster and lower-cost money transfer methods.”