AlipayHK and GCash Launch Cross-Border Remittance Service Powered by Alipay’s Blockchain Technology
AlipayHK and GCash today announced the launch of a cross-border remittance service through their e-wallet platforms, powered by cutting-edge blockchain technology developed by Alipay, the online payment platform operated by Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial”, “Ant”). This is the first blockchain-based cross-border digital wallet remittance service globally, offering a fast, secure, convenient, transparent and low-cost way to transfer money directly between individuals in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180625005561/en/
Mary Grace (left), who has been working in HK for 22 years, demonstrated how it took her 3 seconds to transfer money to her family back in the Philippines, through the mobile payment app AlipayHK (Photo: Business Wire)
Alipay has applied blockchain technology to streamline the remittance process, radically improving the speed of delivery, enhancing transparency of the process and drastically reducing costs while ensuring better security measures when sending money across borders. This service between GCash and AlipayHK will provide round-the-clock, real-time money transfer between Hong Kong and the Philippines at a competitive exchange rate with much lower transaction fees, which will be further waived during an initial three-month trial period. With a few taps through AlipayHK’s mobile phone application, money will be transferred within seconds to a GCash user.
Blockchain technology allows us to change and radically improve the speed and efficiencies for remittance services. Based on the smart contract, once a user submits a remittance application, all network participants including AlipayHK, GCash and Standard Chartered Bank, the first and core partner bank supporting on this initiative, are notified. The segmented procedures of the remittance process can consequently take place in parallel, enabling the verification and execution of the transaction to occur simultaneously. Through the blockchain platform, the sender and receiver are also able to track their money with every step of the way – from when the remittance application was made, until when the receiver successfully obtains the money. All information stored, shared or uploaded through the blockchain remittance platform is further encrypted with the most advanced protocols to protect the user’s privacy.
“We are very excited to introduce this new remittance solution to our users in Hong Kong, and in particular to the Filipino community in the city,” said Jennifer Tan, CEO of Alipay Payment Services (HK) Limited (APSHK). “What used to be a long process of physically going to a remittance booth, queuing in line for hours and filling out forms, is now easily and securely done over the mobile phone in just a few seconds. Together with GCash, we aim to provide Filipino expatriates a more convenient, seamless experience to transfer money back home to their families in the Philippines. We will also continue to provide tailor-made solutions for our customers as we aim to enhance their daily lives through our secure and fuss-free approach.”
Canning Fok, Group Co-Managing Director of CK Hutchison Holdings and Chairman of Alipay Payment Services (HK) Limited said, “This cooperation with GCASH to bring remittance to the Philippines using the new technology is the first step and there are many other places Hong Kong people need to remit money. I’m happy to see that the AlipayHK team is hard at work to expand this service to more people, bringing us closer to our families and friends with a cheaper and quicker solution.
Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of Mynt, the operator of GCash said, “GCash is building a cashless ecosystem to make financial services affordable and accessible to every Filipino as we aim to provide the Philippines’ underserved market with convenient options for load top-up, remittance, and cashless payments for goods and services, among others. This time, in partnership with AlipayHK and Ant Financial, GCash is able to achieve another breakthrough to make sending money to the Philippines easier, more convenient, and more secure for Filipinos abroad. We believe that for overseas Filipinos, sending money home to their family’s GCash mobile wallet will soon be the norm.”
Standard Chartered has been an integral partner in the development of the solution and will provide the underlying banking infrastructure to support this pivotal initiative.
Lisa Robins, Global Head, Transaction Banking, Standard Chartered, said, “Remittances are a lifeblood of many communities in the Philippines, the third largest remittance market with US$33 billion of inflows in 2017. We are proud to collaborate with Ant Financial, and act as their banking partner for this new service to make remittances easier, cheaper and more secure. This evidences our joint commitment to deliver financial services to the unbanked and underbanked and exemplifies our “Here for Good” brand promise.”
Eric Jing, Executive Chairman and CEO of Ant Financial said, “We are thrilled to witness AlipayHK and GCash jointly launch the groundbreaking cross-wallet remittance function. Ant Financial is dedicated to exploring fintech breakthroughs and applying them to benefit more people in more places. This is a new starting point and significant step forward in accelerating Alipay’s pace to promote tech for good, and financial inclusion globally. Through leveraging our technological capabilities, we are committed to bringing financial services to the large underserved populations in Asia and beyond together with our ecosystem partners who share our vision and mission.”
“Ant Financial and Alipay have been exploring the cutting-edge blockchain technology since 2015. Blockchain is revolutionizing the remittance industry, and we look forward to further innovating and expanding the application of the technology in global remittances, together with local wallet partners and other ecosystem partners,” Jing added.
Since the launch of Alipay in 2004 and the establishment of Ant Financial in 2014, the Company has built an integrated technology platform and ecosystem of partners to bring more secure, transparent, cost-effective and inclusive financial services to individuals and SMEs globally. The Company will continue to invest in developing its blockchain, AI, security, IoT and computing capabilities to upgrade its global technology platform for the next generation.
Starting from 2015, Alipay has formed nine strategic partnerships with local partners outside Chinese mainland, sharing their technology know-how and risk management capabilities to provide more mobile payment and inclusive financial services to local users. In the year ended March 31, 2018, Alipay, together with its global partners, served approximately 870 million annual active users globally and over 15 million small businesses in China.
# # #
The electronic wallet is operated by Alipay Financial Services (HK) Limited, the licence holder of Stored Value Facilities, and supervised by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority. APSHK is a joint venture established and managed by the CK Hutchison Holdings Limited and Ant Financial Services Group. For more information, please visit www.alipay.hk
Currently, over 20,000 local retail outlets have supported electronic wallet for payment, covering large chain stores, supermarkets, wet markets, taxies and others. Features of electronic wallet include payment on Taobao and TMall, P2P transfer, electricity payment, telecom payment, etc., making Hong Kong residents’ lives more convenient by integrating mobile payment into daily lives.
GCash is an internationally-acclaimed micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast and convenient money transfer. GCash can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, shop online and even purchase goods without the need to bring any cash. For more information, please visit https://www.globe.com.ph/gcash
About Ant Financial
Ant Financial Services Group is dedicated to using technology to bring the world equal opportunities. Our technologies, including blockchain, artificial intelligence, security, Internet of Things and computing, empower us and our ecosystem partners to serve the unbanked and underbanked, bringing more secure, transparent, cost-effective and inclusive financial services to individuals and SMEs worldwide.
Ant Financial has formed international partnerships with global strategic partners to serve local users in those markets, and we serve Chinese travelers overseas by connecting Alipay with online and offline merchants in popular destinations. By the end of March 2018, together with its global JV partners, Ant Financial served 870 million users worldwide. Brands under Ant Financial Services Group include Alipay, Ant Fortune, Zhima Credit, MYbank and Ant Financial Cloud.
Cello Chen, +852 6702 0879
Mynt / GCash
Ney Villasenor, +63 917 804 0370
Ant Financial / Alipay
Xinyun Yang, +86 138 1689 6301
Om Business Wire
(c) 2018 Business Wire, Inc., All rights reserved.
Business Wire, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the global leader in multiplatform press release distribution.
Følg saker fra Business Wire
Registrer deg med din epostadresse under for å få de nyeste sakene fra Business Wire på epost fortløpende. Du kan melde deg av når som helst.
Siste saker fra Business Wire
Dimension Data Global Delivery Centre (GDC) in Prague wins the ABSL 2018 Diamond Award for Business Innovation16.11.2018 08:00 | Pressemelding
Dimension Data, the USD 8 billion global technology integrator and managed services provider, today announced that its Global Delivery Centre (GDC) in Prague has won the 2018 ABSL Diamond award for Business Innovation. The main purpose of this centre is to provide innovative, global service delivery capabilities and deep technical expertise to support our clients. The ABSL Diamond awards recognise companies that implement innovative projects, enhancing their business and strengthening the position of the business services sector. Every year, the aim is to identify successful activities in this sector and promote best practices, ultimately encouraging and inspiring others to follow suit. The ABSL celebrates initiatives that push business services forward and stand out as exemplary projects. Bill Padfield, Group Chief Operating Officer for Transformation and Services at Dimension Data, said: “Winning another award for our Support Services is a fantastic achievement. This time the ABSL Di
FCC Grants LeoSat U.S. Market Access16.11.2018 06:00 | Pressemelding
LeoSat Enterprises, the dynamic young company which is launching a unique new data network comprised of a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites, has been awarded the authority by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to provide NGSO (non-geostationary satellite orbit) services in the United States. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181115005890/en/ LeoSat's Global Business Backbone in Space (Graphic: Business Wire) The increasing demand for business connectivity and with it, the need to move large quantities of data quickly and securely around the world, is fast outpacing the infrastructure in place to carry it. Existing networks are already carrying more than 1 Zeta Byte of traffic globally and this is set to grow exponentially. The FCC market access grant will allow LeoSat to address currently unmet demand for high-bandwidth, low-latency, high-security data transmissio
German Court Rules Huawei, ZTE Products Infringe AVC Patents16.11.2018 05:01 | Pressemelding
MPEG LA announced today that the District Court in Düsseldorf, Germany (“Landgericht Düsseldorf”) has ruled that Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH (“Huawei”) and ZTE Deutschland GmbH (“ZTE”) infringed patents of two patent holders in MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License (“AVC License”) by using their technologies in mobile phones that implement the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) Standard. The court also found that the license offered by the patent holders under those patents through the AVC License is fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory. “The Landgericht Düsseldorf’s decision confirms the importance of respect for intellectual property, and offering everyone easy and affordable access to essential AVC technology under a single license is a cornerstone of the MPEG LA AVC License’s wide acceptance making that possible,” said Larry Horn, President and CEO of MPEG LA. “We continue to welcome Huawei and ZTE to join the nearly 2,000 Licensees who have entered into our AVC License.” Verdi
IFF-LMR Naturals Leads Industry with 90 Certified Vegan Natural Extracts15.11.2018 21:15 | Pressemelding
Regulatory News: IFF-LMR, a subsidiary of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc (NYSE:IFF) (Euronext Paris: IFF) (TASE: IFF) announced their industry-leading position of 90 natural extracts in their portfolio certified vegan by the EVE (Expertise Vegan Europe) VEGAN standards. The certified extracts include Rose EssentialTM, Rose UltimateTM, Blackcurrant Buds Absolute, Ylang Oil Complete, Vetiver Oil Haiti, Patchouli Oil Indonesia, and Geranium Heart Oil, among many others. Bertrand de Preville, General Manager, IFF-LMR said, “Our people are passionate about creating the finest ingredients and together, we are committed to delivering premium, 100% pure and natural extracts. We believe in transparency, environmental management and sustainable development.” Mr. de Preville continued, “This certification of 90 extracts is in line with IFF-LMR’s continuous dedication to our planet, people, plants and animals.” The EVE VEGAN label was selected because it is considered one of the most rigor
Rimini Street Expands Investment and Operations in Asia-Pacific15.11.2018 20:00 | Pressemelding
Rimini Street, Inc. (Nasdaq: RMNI), a global provider of enterprise software products and services, and the leading third-party support provider for Oracle and SAP software products, today announced that it has expanded its operations in the Asia-Pacific region with the launch of its new subsidiary, Rimini Street New Zealand Limited, and the opening of its new office in Auckland to address the growing demand for Rimini Street’s premium, ultra-responsive support services in New Zealand. Rimini Street’s expansion was announced at a gala event held at The Northern Club in Auckland, where clients, local IT leaders and the special guest of honor, Ambassador Scott P. Brown, the U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand, were hosted by Rimini Street’s general manager for Asia-Pacific, Andrew Powell, and Rimini Street corporate senior executives. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181115005037/en/ Rimini Street launches subsidiary
Sartorius Stedim Biotech and Lonza Modify Relationship for Supply of Cell Culture Media15.11.2018 18:15 | Pressemelding
Sartorius Stedim Biotech (SSB) (Paris:DIM), a leading international supplier of the biopharmaceutical industry, and Lonza announced today that they have modified their current agreement for supply of cell culture media by mutual accord. The agreement, signed in 2012, gave SSB exclusive sales and marketing rights for certain cell culture media and buffers developed and manufactured by Lonza for use in biopharmaceutical manufacturing processes. Lonza retained sales for research-based products, among others. Under agreements signed today, SSB will continue to offer current and future Lonza media and buffers on a non-exclusive basis as part of its extensive portfolio of products for cell-based development and manufacturing. Lonza Pharma & Biotech resumes sales and marketing of all its media products for both manufacturing and research. Customers of both companies will continue to be able to source media products for their specific needs. “We have a long-standing and productive partnership