BRAC Bank to increase digital financial services for migrants

Staff Correspondent

14 December, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BRAC Bank to increase digital financial services for migrants

BRAC Bank has announced a strategic initiative aimed at improving digital financial services for Bangladeshi migrants living and working abroad.

Supported by the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF), a UN agency focused primarily on making public and private finance work for the poor in 47 least developed countries, the new initiative aims at improving options for remittances—the funds that migrants send to their loved ones back home—by expanding digital remittance channels and linking digital remittances to other financial products, said a press release.

The Covid-19 crisis heightened the need for digital financial products. The dominant remittance model has long relied on migrants bringing physical cash to a bricks-and-mortar money transfer outlet in the host country and transacting in person: lockdowns made that impossible for months.

Selim RF Hussain, the Managing Director and CEO of BRAC Bank, said in this regard: “We are proud to be associated with UNCDF for expanding the financial ecosystem beyond remittances to enable greater financial inclusion for the Bangladeshi diaspora and their families as well.”

With support from the UNCDF, BRAC Bank will link the remittance channel with its value-added services and strengthen digital use-cases to encourage migrant wage earners to send remittances using the Bank’s cashless remittance channel. It will allow the migrants and their beneficiaries to benefit by saving time and cost as well as circumventing mobility and access constraints.