ANZ on Tuesday announced the launch of ANZ goMoney in Vanuatu, providing a new and convenient way for customers to do their everyday banking using their mobile phones.
ANZ goMoney allows customers to send money to family and friends, pay their bills, purchase airtime top-up vouchers and view their account balances and history using their mobile phones.
Customers will also be able to complete their cash deposits and withdrawals at a network of ANZ goMoney merchants, without the need to go to a branch.
ANZ goMoney in Vanuatu is available in English, Bislama and French.
Speaking at the launch of ANZ goMoney in Port Vila last week, Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Honourable Moana Carcasses Kalosil, welcomed the initiative.
“The financial security of our population is a key goal for our government,” said Prime Minister Kalosil.
“The key to a wealthy Vanuatu is to ensure we provide not only education and financial literacy for our people, but also the means for our people to save money.
“By providing this mobile phone banking service, ANZ is supporting us in this vision.”
ANZ Vanuatu Chief Executive Officer, Steve Rogers said: “ANZ goMoney represents a strong commitment to financial inclusion in Vanuatu, and will provide our customers with secure and immediate access to their money, making banking simpler and more convenient than ever before.
Mr Rogers added that supporting financial inclusion for all the people of Vanuatu remained a priority for ANZ, particularly for customers in remote and rural areas.
“With ANZ goMoney, customers will no longer need to travel great distances to perform cash deposits and withdrawals, and will be able to purchase goods from accredited merchants set up across most of the provinces in Vanuatu, eliminating the need to carry cash,” said Mr Rogers.
He added: “We are also providing an easy way to open a bank account and register for ANZ goMoney at ANZ goMoney Sales Agents who will come to you – there is no need to visit a branch to register.”
ANZ goMoney was also launched in Papua New Guinea, Samoa and the Solomon Islands in 2013.