UBX’s i2i to grow by 300% in 2022
i2i – the banking-as-a-service platform and open finance community under fintech innovator UBX, expects business to grow by as much as 300% in 2022. This year’s growth comes after recording impressive results in 2021 on the back of strong demand for banking services across the country.
The platform ended 2021 with 44x growth as it turned ordinary merchants into banking agents that offer a suite of banking solutions to unserved and underserved communities.
i2i attributes this growth to the demand for its mobile ATM services – which allows merchants to allow cardholders to withdraw cash from their accounts through a handheld ATM device.
“2021 was a year of immense growth for i2i. With the growing demand for financial services in the country – especially from the unserved and underserved – we were able to grow the business exponentially. We are realizing even more growth in 2022 with our goal to grow by 300% on the back of a stronger focus on agency banking,” Anne Yosuico, UBx Managing Director for Banking Services, said.
Agency banking refers to a banking model that transforms ordinary merchants – such as sari-sari store owners, general merchandise stores, or any registered business – into cash agents. It is enshrined under Circular 940 of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).
Through digital technology, agents offer a spectrum of banking solutions from performing know-your-customer (KYC) processes, disbursing funds, processing bills payments, accepting deposits, accepting and processing loan applications digitally, to selling insurance, among many others.
“There is a huge opportunity for us to bring financial services closer to Filipinos through agency banking. Our goal at UBx remains the same: to make finance more inclusive in the Philippines, and this will be further promoted through i2i,” Yosuico said.
i2i aggregates banking services and integrates them with other financial services on the UBX Open Finance platform, allowing for more personalized and democratized access to financial services for Filipinos through its network partners. Currently, i2i can be accessed in three ways: a mobile application, a website, and a set of application programming interfaces (APIs).
A pioneering cloud-based platform, i2i is built on blockchain and open finance technologies, enabling fast, reliable, and secure financial transactions, including but not limited to wallet transfers, domestic transfers, bills payment, mobile scoring, mobile ATM, and offline and online loan processing, among others.
i2i is committed to remain innovative and introduce more solutions for its community to promote financial inclusion in the country.
“As a strong ally of the government and of the industry, we are committed to build and develop more financial solutions to bring banking services closer to Filipinos,” Yosuico said.
To learn more about i2i and its services, please visit www.i2i.ph
UBX is the financial technology venture studio and fund of UnionBank of the Philippines. UBX is predicated on a future where financial services are invisible: seamlessly embedded into the experiences and activities that truly matter to businesses and people. For partnerships, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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