Citi & Emirates NBD to launch 24/7 USD Clearing service in ME

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Citi has collaborated with Emirates NBD, a leading banking group in the MENAT (Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey) region, to launch Citi’s first-of-its-kind 24/7 USD Clearing service in the Middle East.

This makes Emirates NBD the first bank to use Citi’s 24/7 USD Clearing service to make cross-border USD payments available to their corporate and retail clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, end to end across their branch network.

The service will be available in Emirates NBD’s UAE and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia branch networks, helping to remove barriers to the payment flow process in the region that stem from different weekend and early afternoon cut-off times in the UAE for executing transactions.

Further, Emirates NBD, in collaboration with Citi, plans to expand the service to all its branches in the Middle East and across the globe, including partnerships with Emirates NBD’s third-party institutions.

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Ahmed Al Qassim
Group Head
Wholesale Banking
Emirates NBD

“Our collaboration with Citi to bring 24/7 USD Clearing to the region reflects our commitment to facilitate the payment needs of our clients in key trade corridors in which they operate. The introduction of 24/7 USD Clearing will support the growth ambitions of our clients by giving them the ability to seamlessly transfer funds in a timely manner without having to worry about cutoffs and holidays.”

Emirates NBD will fully utilize Citi’s 24/7 USD Clearing capabilities, including commercial payments and treasury payments execution. The collaboration with Citi reinforces Emirates NBD’s industry-leading role in providing its clients with innovative services.

Shahmir Khaliq, Head of Services at Citi, said that, “Consumers demand instant payment capabilities no matter where they are in the world, and our collaboration with Emirates NBD is an important step in our journey to creating a multi-bank solution that is designed to deliver an end-to-end, ‘always on’ experience for participant banks and their customers.”

“Our 24/7 USD Clearing service is a clear differentiator in the market. It demonstrates the full value of our globally leading cross-border payments and clearing capabilities, which enable our clients to make payments faster and in a more efficient and transparent manner,” Khaliq further added.

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