Myanmar, Thailand Banks Enable Blockchain Remittance for Migrant Workers

Everex, a Singapore-based financial technology firm, has partnered with Myanmar’s Shwe Bank to introduce blockchain-Powered remittance Services between Myanmar and Thailand.

The blockchain firm claims that the partnership will enable millions of Myanmar migrant workers living in Thailand to send money home instantly and securely at much lower transaction costs than traditional remittance methods.

Blockchain in Remittances

The remittance industry stands as one of the most disrupted industries by blockchain technology. The reasons for this are not far-fetched as the comparative advantages which the technology boasts over traditional remittance systems are easy to identify.

The speed of transaction, negligible cost and decentralized auditability of blockchain remittance processes are some of the leading factors that are behind its increasing adoption rate. These factors appear to be suitable for a significant fraction of the global migrant community who are always sending money back home to their families.

According to the UN Migration Agency, there are about about three million Myanmar migrant workers live in Thailand. The majority of this population adopt crude and informal means to send money home in an attempt to avoid the high fees that are charged by traditional remittances. This exposes them to substantial risks and poorly coordinated procedures.

Myanmar people working in Thailand are foreign currency earners of our country, and their hard-earned money is at risk when they send it home via informal channels”, says U Thein Zaw, Shwe Bank’s Executive Vice Chairman.

Zaw elaborates that Shwe Bank and Everex have partnered to offer faster, less expensive and, most importantly, safer money transfers using Everex’s digital remittance platform. I look forward to working with Everex and expect this technology to greatly improve financial inclusion for Myanmar migrant workers”, he concludes.

Reaching the Underserved Population

By partnering with the mid-tier challenger bank, Everex also intends to employ blockchain technology in eliminating high remittance fees, reduce money transfer time to under a minute and provide a clear audit trail of the entire transaction. This is an innovation that is considered as a huge step away from what is currently obtained in the industry…

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