MasterCard, Western Union, bKash and BRAC Bank launched a new, international remittance receiving service in Bangladesh. The new service enables bKash’s registered customers to use their mobile phones to receive remittances from abroad directly into their bKash accounts. Bangladesh is the eighth largest receiver of international remittances in the world, and therefore the new service…
Grameen Bank, the “Bank for the Poor” inked a MOU to use the SureCash mobile payment platform for its operation. Through this partnership, Grameen Bank members will use SureCash mobile banking to receive loans, make installment payments and do savings using their own phones. The deal will bring the benefits of mobile financial services to…
The Premier Bank Limited (Premier Bank), a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh, has signed inked an agreement to upgrade to PRIME 4, the latest version of TSYS’ PRIME payment solutions platform.
More than 500,000 Bangladeshi freelancers can now receive payments from international companies more quickly and cost-effectively thanks to partnership between Payoneer and Bank Asia.
The Bangladeshi people are getting two new credit cards. Prime Bank and JCB International have partnered to launch the first JCB card in Bangladesh. Prime Bank will now issue the JCB credit and debit card to the Bangladeshi people who can enjoy JCB’s global merchant network with over 26 million acceptance locations.
MasterCard launched a Reloadable Hajj Prepaid Card Premier Bank Bangladesh Ltd for pilgrims and Hajj Agencies. Premier Bank Ltd is a top issuer of prepaid cards for Hajj pilgrims & Hajj Agencies in the country. It has branches across the country including all major cities like Dhaka, Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Comilla, Rajshahi, Rangpur. MasterCard Reloadable Hajj & Travel Prepaid cardholders will enjoy some exclusive benefits while using the card. Present at the event were honorable Secretory, Ministry of Religious Affairs, Chairman, Parliamentary standing committee for Ministry of Religious Affairs, , President & General Secretary of Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (HAAB), Dr. H.B.M. Iqbal, Chairman, Premier Bank, CEO & Managing Director, Independent Director, Additional Managing Directors & Deputy Managing Director of Premier Bank, Vikas Varma, Area Head, South Asia, MasterCard, Syed Mohammad Kamal, Country Manager, Bangladesh and other senior Officials from MasterCard & Premier Bank.
MasterCard announced the official opening of a local representative office in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The first in the industry to inaugurate an office in Bangladesh, MasterCard marked the occasion with an opening ceremony, which was graced by Guest of Honour Atiur Rahman, Governor of Bangladesh Bank as well as Nurul Amin, Chairman of Association of Bankers, Bangladesh (ABB). Also present at the ceremony were Ron Garrow, chief human resources officer, MasterCard; Ari Sarker, division president, South Asia, MasterCard; Vikas Varma, area head, South Asia, MasterCard; and Syed Mohammad Kamal, country manager, MasterCard Bangladesh; among other MasterCard executives, members of the media, as well as local and international banks and financial institutions. This is based on the growth potential of the market driven by the growing middle class and e-commerce. Situated in the heart of Gulshan, Dhaka, the Bangladesh office will be headed by Syed Mohammad Kamal, country manager, MasterCard Bangladesh.
ElectraCard Services (ECS), a leading provider of software and processing solutions for electronic payment systems announced the go-live of Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited (IBBL), with the new electra iTx series suite. ECS ensured that the migration of debit cards and ATMs from legacy platform onto the electra platform was executed in a span of only 4 weeks — making this one of the fastest EFT switch migration. The electra iTx series platform is a next generation PA-DSS certified secure transaction platform, built from the ground-up on open standards and industry best-practices to support the service oriented architectures (SOA) that are fast becoming the technology backbone of today’s leading organizations. This is a game changing technology that allows the user to control their application and EFT environment. It also helps to reduce the time to market for integration and to roll out new services.
JCB International, the international subsidiary of JCB, the only global payment brand based in Japan announced that BRAC Bank Limited (BRAC Bank), a leading commercial bank in Bangladesh, starts JCB merchant acquiring operations in Bangladesh based on a license agreement. With this agreement, JCB cards will be accepted at over 3,400 BRAC Bank merchants throughout Bangladesh by the end of October 2013. JCB has been planning to expand its existing merchant network in the region in order to meet the demands of JCB cardmembers visiting Bangladesh mainly for business purpose.
MoneyGram signed an agreement with Southeast Bank Limited (SEBL), a Bangladesh-based private commercial bank, and is now offering money transfer services at the bank’s branches across the country. The agreement increases MoneyGram’s presence in Bangladesh, adds it to its growing agent network, and makes the company’s services easier for customers to access. The addition of SEBL to MoneyGram’s agent network in Bangladesh creates an easy-to-access footprint of locations with MoneyGram services.
ElectraCard Services (ECS) software solutions and processing services for electronic payment systems, announced that AB Bank, the first private sector bank in Bangladesh, has chosen ECS’s electraiTx series – the latest version of the electra payment suite to run their ATM network and process credit and debit cards. ECS has provided AB Bank with their PA-DSS certified electraSWITCH, electraDEBIT and electraCREDIT solutions from the product suite. AB Bank runs a domestic network of 230 ATMs and is looking to rapidly expand their services within the country and expects to double their card users by 2015. They are leveraging ECS solutions to implement a safe, secure and convenient platform for enabling all their payment requirements. The electra iTx series platform is a next generation PA-DSS certified secure transaction platform, built from the ground-up on open standards and industry best-practices to support the service oriented architectures (SOA).
MasterCard announced the appointment of Syed Mohammad Kamal as country manager for Bangladesh and Mohammad Anwar Hossain as director, business development to reaffirm its commitment to South Asia. The decision to build a stronger presence locally has come about in part to the rapid development and industrialization the country has been seeing over the last few years and the promise of further growth which could be achieved through a more robust electronic banking and payments system. Kamal will be based in Dhaka and report to Vikas Varma, area head, South Asia, MasterCard Worldwide. He will be tasked with executing MasterCard’s strategy in Bangladesh, working closely with partner financial institutions, merchants and regulators.