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Inpay and Eurogiro launches remittance platform, PostalPay

By Leandra Monteiro

January 18, 2022

  • Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh Post
  • Bank Asia
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PostalPay, Inpay Bangladeshi expatriates, workers and diaspora are now able to send and receive remittances for less with the introduction of a new financial services platform from Bank Asia and Bangladesh Post. This has been implemented due to their new partnership with Inpay, the global payments provider and its sister company Eurogiro, the global postal network body.

The government of Bangladesh, NGOs and financial institutions have recognised the need to support migrant workers and their families’, therefore, driven by a shift to more formal remittance channels, Bangladesh Bank has recently introduced a 2.5% cash incentive for inward remittances. The government’s decision on the incentive came as the remittance flow to the country has been falling sharply for some months as the expatriates continue to prefer informal channels for sending their money. According to data from Bangladesh Bank, expatriate Bangladeshis sent $1.55 billion in November, down 5.48 per cent from a month earlier and 25 per cent year-on-year.

Through this partnership, Bank Asia and Bangladesh Post will be connected to other global postal organisations. Consequently, customers will be able to send money for less to a wide range of countries and receive money from around the world to any Bank Asia branch, agent banking outlet and post office in Bangladesh. Senders in the UK eurozone will now be able to send payments back to Bangladesh with the co-branded PostalPay app from Inpay and Eurogiro.

These services from Inpay and Eurogiro are available through a single access point, with no implementation costs, and with considerable potential to generate new revenue from the get-go. The platform enables postal operators and other financial institutions to manage their wide range of services.

Thomas Jul, Inpay CEO and Amol Wagle, Eurogiro Head of Sales said, “It was a huge pleasure to be part of this historic day and I’m proud that Bank Asia and Bangladesh Post can now offer faster, safer and cheaper money transfers to their consumers in Bangladesh and across the world, thanks to their partnership with Eurogiro and Inpay.

In 2020 the personal remittances received in Bangladesh amounted to approximately 21.75 billion U.S. dollars, making it a hugely important remittance corridor. This deal means that millions of local and globally located Bangladeshis have the option to send and receive secure payments for less. This also marks a key strategic step for Inpay and Eurogiro as we strengthen our position in Asia.

Everyone involved has worked incredibly hard on this project and we are delighted that Inpay and Eurogiro can help Bank Asia and Bangladesh Post increase their service offering and give even more to their customers.

I want to specifically thank Bank Asia’s Managing Director, Arfan Ali for spearheading this successful new chapter of cross-border payments.”

Md. Arfan Ali, President and Managing Director of Bank Asia said, “I am delighted about the successful partnership between Bank Asia, Inpay and Eurogiro. Bank Asia and Bangladesh Post Office have a strong commitment to their customers to provide a wide range of excellent finance services. Through this partnership Bank Asia will be able to offer cheaper, faster and more secure money transfer services to the Bangladeshis diaspora community in the UK and Eurozone. We look forward to a very successful year 2022 for all.”

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