Thursday, 20 August 2015 01:04

WorldRemit launches Pacific mobile remittances service

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Alix Murphy, WorldRemit Alix Murphy, WorldRemit

Global money transfer service WorldRemit has launched instant remittances to mobiles in the Pacific region countries of Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

Announcing the launch, WorldRemit senior mobile analyst Alix Murphy said now the significant Fijian, Tongan and Samoan diasporas can make instant, low-cost money transfers direct to the mobiles of their friends and family back home.

“We’re pioneering mobile-to-mobile remittances for Pacific Islanders. Fijian, Tongan and Samoan expats can now send money direct from the WorldRemit app straight to the phones of their family or friends back home. We make sending money overseas as easy as an instant message.”

Murphy said Fiji, Tonga and Samoa are amongst the countries most dependent on remittances in the world, where they form a significant share of GDP, and in 2014 remittances contributed an estimated $463 million to their economies.

WorldRemit says mobile money plays an important role in bringing the unbanked into the formal economy in many Pacific islands, with the Digicel Mobile Money wallet supported by the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme which aims in particular to support hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged women and people living in rural areas.

Funds sent to Digicel Mobile Money wallets can be immediately used to pay bills such as electricity or insurance, top-up airtime, make purchases in stores or online, or simply to store for future use.

Murphy said Digicel Tonga was also one of the first mobile operators globally to launch NFC contactless payments via Mobile Money in 2011.

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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