CIMB partners Bayad Center and FINTQ in the Philippines
12 March 2018
Smart partnerships will deliver AI-led, fully digital mobile banking convenience to customers
[Manila]: CIMB Bank Berhad (“the Bank” or “CIMB”), through its branch that is being set up in the Philippines, CIMB Bank Philippines Inc., recently entered into partnership agreements with CIS Bayad Center Inc. (“Bayad Center”) and FINTQnologies Corp (“FINTQ”), both affiliates of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (“PLDT”) group of companies. This marks a major milestone in CIMB’s expansion into the Philippines, in preparation for the establishment of its operations in the fourth quarter of 2018.
Bayad Center is a pioneer and leader in the outsourced payment collection industry in the Philippines with more than 12,000 payment channels nationwide. Leveraging on their extensive network and broad range of services will help scale up CIMB’s reach to customers across the Philippines effectively. FINTQ is a local leader in providing digital financial solutions and interactions. Among the various aspects, the partnership with FINTQ will allow CIMB to leverage on the subscriber base and customer database of Lendr, one of FINTQ’s proprietary platforms.
Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group CEO of CIMB Group commented, “We are pleased that our relationship with PLDT has evolved into strong, strategic partnerships with its related companies. We are confident that by leveraging on these partners’ local strengths as well as CIMB’s extensive digital experience, we will be able to provide our customers in the Philippines with a seamless digital banking experience. CIMB is excited with the prospects that the Philippines market offers and we are also confident that our differentiated strategy based on digital and partnerships will bring a strong value proposition into the market.”
“We are excited to collaborate with CIMB in this fast-growing FinTech space. This is in line with our mission to collaborate with partners and develop mutually beneficial propositions. This is just the start of a long-term fruitful partnership with one of ASEAN’s largest banks,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT and FINTQ.
The signing of the partnership agreements was attended by senior officials from all three parties including Samir Gupta (CEO, Group Consumer Banking, CIMB Group), Gurdip Singh Sidhu (Group Chief Strategy Officer, CIMB Group) and Vijay Manoharan (Senior Managing Director, Digital Banking and Decision Management, Group Consumer Banking, CIMB) from CIMB. The PLDT team, led by Manuel V. Pangilinan, also included Orlando B. Vea (President and CEO, FINTQ), Lito Villanueva (Managing Director, FINTQ), Manuel Lorenzo L. Tuason (President and CEO, Bayad Center), Francispito P. Quevedo (Senior Vice President and COO, Bayad Center), and Isryn Piah D.R. Beltran (Head, Strategic Innovations Office, Bayad Center).
(L-R) Lito Villanueva (Managing Director, FINTQ), Orlando B. Vea (President and CEO, FINTQ), Manuel V. Pangilinan (Chairman, PLDT and FINTQ), Samir Gupta (CEO, Group Consumer Banking, CIMB Group), Gurdip Singh Sidhu (Group Chief Strategy Officer, CIMB Group) and Vijay Manoharan (Senior Managing Director, Digital Banking and Decision Management, Group Consumer Banking, CIMB) at the signing of the partnership agreements in Manila recently.
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