Source: MoneyGram International
MoneyGram International (NYSE:MGI), a global money transfer company, and Bank of China, a pillar of China's banking community and Global Fortune 500 Company, announced today plans to begin offering MoneyGram money transfer services at all 200 Bank of China locations in Beijing in anticipation of expanding into the full Bank of China network.
"We are pleased to launch MoneyGram money transfer services to our Bank of China locations in Beijing, bringing value to our customers, widening the array of services that we offer, and also satisfying the demand for international money transfer service within the local and overseas Chinese population," said Mr. Feiqi MEI, Deputy General Manager, of Bank of China, Beijing branches.
MoneyGram International executives Pamela H. Patsley, executive chairman; and Anthony Ryan, president and chief executive officer, met today in Beijing with leaders from Bank of China as well as other leading agents on the mainland to discuss the common goal of bringing needed financial services to the people of China.
"International expansion is a key growth strategy for MoneyGram," said Patsley. "China represents a vast opportunity for MoneyGram to expand its global network and deliver on its commitment to provide safe and reliable money transfer services to people in every corner of the world."
Ryan said, "Our strategic alliance with a financial institution such as Bank of China reflects an important milestone and significant opportunity for MoneyGram's expansion plans in China. Through Bank of China's impressive national network spanning urban cities and rural towns across mainland China, MoneyGram is able to meet the needs of consumers in one of the largest remittance markets in the world by ensuring that our services are accessible and convenient."
The demand for money transfer services is driven by the growing number of Chinese studying, traveling, working and migrating abroad. The alliance between MoneyGram and the Bank of China provides customers in China with more options for safe, convenient and reliable money transfer services. To send or receive money in China, customers can walk into any MoneyGram agent location, complete a simple form and show a photo identification to transfer funds in as little as 10 minutes, subject to agent availability and hours of operation. All fees are paid by the sender.
MoneyGram, with nearly 15,000 agent locations in the Asia Pacific region, has been providing services in China since 1994. In China, agents include Industrial & Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Bank of Communications (BCOM), CITIC Bank, China Industrial Bank, Shengjing Bank (former Shengyang Commercial Bank); Shenzhen Ping An Bank and Anshan Bank.