A statement from the bank said Soltai Staff Credit Union in Noro is ANZ’s latest ANZ goMoney merchant in the Western Province, taking the total number of merchants in the area to 16.
“ANZ goMoney will provide a new and convenient way for Noro customers to do their everyday banking using their mobile phones. It was the first banking platform of its kind to be launched in the Solomon Islands last year.”
ANZ Solomon Islands chief executive officer (CEO) Geoffrey Buchanan, said: “I was delighted to sign the memorandum of agreement with the Soltai Staff Credit Union while in Noro recently, bringing basic banking services to the community.”
He added that he hopes to provide a greater level of support to the community over time.
“Having the ANZ goMoney merchant opened at the Credit Union Store means more services available to our customers, including goods purchase, Person to Person (P2P) transfer, deposit and withdrawals of cash and opening of accounts,” said Mr Buchanan.
“Based on specific needs, our selected commercial customers can also enjoy the benefit of doing P2P transfers and ANZ goMoney’s bill-paying functionality.”
In addition to these services, registered ANZ goMoney customers can also send money to family, top up on their mobile phones, check their account balances and transfer money between their own accounts.
Chair of the Soltuna Credit Union, Mesach Zesapa, said: “As a new ANZ goMoney merchant, we are very keen to provide excellent service to our customers through the delivery of ANZ goMoney to the people in Noro.”
ANZ has an ATM in the area with future plans to upgrade it along with other ATMs in the country and is looking to sign up more merchants in the provinces.
“We remain committed to increasing access to banking services for the people in Noro and supporting financial inclusion to the people in Solomon Islands’ rural provinces,” said Mr Buchanan.
ANZ has operated in the Solomon Islands for almost 50 years, and now has four branches, 13 ATMs and employs more than 120 staff.