Fidelity Bank and WorldRemit to speed up instant money transfers to Nigeria

worldremit 30The deal comes in line with WorldRemit’s plan to serve 10mn customers connected to emerging markets by 2020. (Image source: WorldRemit Comms/Flickr)Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit has joined forces with Fidelity Bank, one of Nigeria’s top financial services providers, for instant money transfers to four million Fidelity Bank accounts in Nigeria

The new partnership further expands WorldRemit’s footprint in the country and allows the 15mn Nigerian diaspora living in more than 50 countries, including the US, the UK and Germany, to send money directly from their phones to recipients in Nigeria.

The deal comes in line with WorldRemit’s plan to serve 10mn customers connected to emerging markets by 2020.

Fidelity Bank is one of the largest banks in Nigeria with an extensive network of branches across the country. The bank aims to explore its digital products to provide convenience and ease of banking for its customers. The collaboration with WorldRemit supports Fidelity Bank’s dedication to innovation and increasing financial inclusion.

Remittances play an increasingly important role in Nigeria’s economy. The World Bank estimates that in 2017, Nigeria received more than US$22bn in remittances, making it the largest recipient in Africa and fifth largest recipient globally.

Andrew Stewart, regional director of Africa and the Middle East at WorldRemit, commented, “Nigeria remains our largest and fastest growing market in Africa, and WorldRemit’s second-biggest market globally. We are delighted to be partnering with Fidelity, a leading bank in Nigeria and a major player in the remittance business, to introduce its customers to our best in class online money transfer service, which offers a safer, faster and more cost-effective way to send and receive funds.”

Nnamdi Okonkwo, managing director and CEO at Fidelity Bank Plc, added, “The opportunity for our customers to receive money from more than 50 countries in a quick, affordable and convenient manner with WorldRemit is in line with our promise to deliver a new standard of service in the financial services industry.”

In 2017, WorldRemit became Arsenal FC’s first-ever online money transfer partner in a global sponsorship deal. WorldRemit customers complete one million transfers every month from around 50 countries to more than 145 destinations.

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