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SCB, Ripple Launch First Blockchain-Powered Payment Service Between Japan and Thailand

SCB, SBI and Ripple launch first blockchain-powered payment service between Japan and Thailand

Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), in collaboration with Japan’s SBI Remit, is using Ripple’s blockchain enterprise solution to power real-time remittance payments between Japan and Thailand. A first for the corridor, Ripple’s cross-border payments network solution is helping remittances from Japan reach SCB retail customers easily and faster than ever before.

Approximately 40,000 Thai nationals currently live in Japan and total remittance flows from Japan to Thailand are roughly USD250 million a year.

The rollout of this new service begins today, and supports individual funds transfers from JPY in Japan to THB in SCB savings accounts in Thailand. Once sent, the funds are credited to an SCB recipient’s account within two to five seconds, a significant uplift compared with the up to two business days it currently can take for a payment to be made between the two countries. SCB plans to roll out the service in other key markets across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Dr. Arak Sutivong, chief strategy officer at SCB, said: “SCB invests in innovative technology, like Ripple, to provide our retail customers with the financial products and services they increasingly need in this digital age. Customers increasingly expect payments to work in real time, whether domestic or international.

“We are proud to be the first bank to use Ripple’s leading blockchain network solution to power real-time payments between Japan and Thailand for our customers, whose families oftentimes depend on the availability of these funds for basic needs - time is of the essence to them. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Ripple as we expand the service into other key markets in the future.”

Mr. Nobuo Ando, representative director at SBI Remit Co., Ltd. said: “It is our duty to continuously search for superior technological solutions to deliver ever improved remittance services for our customers. In this case, Ripple was impressive in concept and turned out to be more so in practice. Furthermore, we can expect to have more favorable foreign exchange opportunities as Ripple’s network expands. For this, we welcome more institutions to join and help us offer competitive remittance services over conventional methods to our valued customers.”

Marcus Treacher, global head of strategic accounts at Ripple, said: “Ripple’s goal is to make cross-border payments move as quickly and as easily as information does today. In the case of SBI Remit and SCB, our solution helps ensure that remittances from Japan reach their destination in Thailand near instantly. SCB and SBI Remit are leading the way in Asia in serving new customer demands for real-time cross-border payments, making theirs a highly competitive offering.

“We are excited to expand our relationship with SCB further across their other key markets, and to continue the momentum with commercial traction for the Ripple network worldwide.”

About SCB

Siam Commercial Bank PCL is one of Thailand’s leading universal banks. Established by Royal Charter in 1906 as the first Thai bank, SCB has the highest market capitalization among Thai financial institutions as of the end of March 2017 (Baht 554 billion). Its network of branches and service points offers nationwide coverage (1,169 branches, 109 foreign exchange kiosks, and 9,724 ATM machines) providing services that meet the demands of all customer groups, including corporate, SME, and retail customers, with total assets of Baht 2,938 billion. More information is available from the website SCB’s Digital Ventures Co., Ltd. (Digital Ventures) is a subsidiary focusing on investments in machine learning, AI, and blockchain.

About SBI

The SBI Group was established in 1999 as a pioneer of Internet-based financial services in Japan, and currently has formed the world’s first Internet-based financial conglomerate, providing financial services in a broad range of fields including securities, banking and insurance. The SBI Group is endeavoring to offer innovative financial services through collaborations with promising venture companies in the FinTech fields.

SBI Remit Co., Ltd. (SBIR) is a leading international fund transferor in Japan and a core subsidiary of SBI AXES Co., Ltd., which is to be newly named SBI FinTech Solutions Co., Ltd.on July 1st2017. SBIR has made international remittance for customers in Japan around JPY 300 billion since it went in operation in Dec.2010. SBIR is registered with Financial Services Agency of Japan and abides by Payment Service Act 2009.

About Ripple

Ripple provides one frictionless experience to send money globally using the power of blockchain. By joining Ripple’s growing, global network, financial institutions can process their customers’ payments anywhere in the world instantly, reliably and cost-effectively. Banks and payment providers can use the digital asset XRP to further reduce their costs and access new markets.

With offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Sydney and Luxembourg, Ripple has more than 75 customers around the world.