Citi's Worldlink(R) Payment Services Stays Ahead of the Curve for Exotic Currency Payment Capabilities

TORONTO & NEW YORK, Sep 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Citi today announced that its Global Transaction Services unit has continued to make enhancements to its WorldLink(R) Payment Services capabilities for making payments in exotic currencies, such as the Chinese Renminbi (RMB) and Iraqi Dinar (IQD). In addition, WorldLink has developed its network to support current and future exotic currency offerings. These enhancements allow for significant reductions in settlement time, increased visibility of important transactional details and a reduction of volume capacity against exotic currencies.


WorldLink(R) Payment Services has been making IQD payments on behalf of selected clients since 2006 adding to the exotic currencies suite. With the success established over five years, WorldLink has differentiated itself by having local expertise and strong banking relationships in Iraq. WorldLink is now offering IQD payments as a fully developed and proven offering to all relevant WorldLink clients.

While the US Dollar remains a widely accepted currency in Iraq, Citi's cross-border payments specialists anticipate that IQD payments will gain an increasing foothold in support of foreign direct investments.

"Making payments into new countries doesn't have to be risky or intimidating for clients; the liberalization of markets especially those in the Middle East and Africa are going to undoubtedly change the global economy in the near future. Providing payment options in local currencies is just one step towards building solutions for our clients looking to do business or invest further in these markets." said, Michael Vallance, Global Head of WorldLink(R) Payment Services at Citi.

To remain focused on exotic currencies with a view to further enhancements, WorldLink Payment Services has expanded its network to fully optimize the current exotic currency offering. This expansion will see a greater capacity for current exotic currencies and will provide the opportunity in the future to bring to market new currency offerings

Vallance continued, "The payments landscape is changing rapidly and we are watching governments realize the power of their local currencies. It has become imperative to prepare as the shift from the traditional world currencies is being hedged by rising local currency payments. Adding capabilities to bolster cross-border payments capabilities in exotic foreign currencies is a necessary step, not just for Citi, but for any payments provider who is looking to keep pace with expanding client needs and globalization."

For over 25 years, WorldLink Payment Services has successfully enabled Citi's clients to issue payments in more than 135 currencies, by leveraging an existing network of over 225 partner relationships and accounts WorldLink makes over 30 million payments annually with a value of 750 billion US Dollar equivalent. The WorldLink solution is a convenient non-account-based product, offering multicurrency payment solutions for corporations, financial institutions and public entities. Supporting over 4,000 currency pair conversions, WorldLink provides transparent flexible foreign exchange options which are bundled with the most comprehensive distribution network of any international cash management service provider globally.

Global Transaction Services, a division of Citi's Institutional Clients Group, offers integrated cash management, trade, and securities and fund services to multinational corporations, financial institutions and public sector organizations around the world. With a network that spans more than 100 countries, Citigroup's Global Transaction Services supports over 65,000 clients. As of the second quarter of 2011, it held on average $365 billion in liability balances and $13.5 trillion in assets under custody.