Western Union to Facilitate Government Disbursements in Haiti (March 14, 2013)
March 14, 2013
Continuing its recent global payments push, money transfer giant Western Union has announced a new program in Haiti aimed at enhancing government aid disbursements to citizens. The service initially will enable aid recipients, such as parents of young children, university students and senior citizens, to receive government payments at more than 600 Western Union locations across the country. Future plans include expanding the payout options to include bank accounts, mobile phones and prepaid cards.
“The introduction of our service in Haiti will help facilitate government payments supporting social programs across the country, and is part of our business strategy to harness the power of our global money transfer platform,” said Hikmet Ersek, president and CEO, Western Union.
Western Union has been growing its global footprint steadily over the past year. In late January, the company unveiled plans to expand its Receive remittance card program to Costa Rica and Guatemala, after the program’s initial launch in El Salvador in June 2012. That announcement followed a series of initiatives that have brought Western Union’s prepaid products to a total of more than a dozen countries, including the U.K., India and the Philippines.