TORONTO, Jan. 16, 2018 /CNW/ - First Global Data ("First Global" or the "Company") is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a Definitive Agreement with China Smartpay to deliver cross border payment solutions for Chinese vacation travelers and students studying overseas. On September 26, 2017 the Company announced that it had entered into a binding MOU with China Smartpay.
First Global's implementation team has also recently returned from Shanghai and is working closely with China Smart Pay to implement the solution.
The service will allow WeChat users in China to travel to the United States, shop at a US retail location, and purchase goods using the funds on their WeChat mobile wallet. There are close to 1 billion users on the WeChat mobile platform globally and as noted in the September 26, 2017 press release, in 2015 "Chinese shoppers bought almost half of the world's luxury goods"…"The outbound Chinese tourist numbers reached 120 million in 2015"…and "Chinese consumers spent 1.2 trillion yuan ($183 billion)". According to Fung Global Retail and Tech (https://www.fungglobalretailtech.com/research/global-chinese-shoppers-carry-spending-momentum-2016/). By 2020, they estimate that "186 million Chinese tourists will travel overseas"…and that "their total overseas spending will reach US$349 billion per year."
First Global, through its money transmitter licenses will ensure that each transaction complies with US regulatory guidelines. In addition, First Global will be responsible for retrieving the consumer funds from their mobile wallets and settling all transactions with the US based merchants. Merchants will pay First Global a percentage of the gross dollar value of the goods purchased, which is the existing model used for purchases made with credit cards today. First Global will share revenues with China Smartpay.
"The US is one of the most frequented countries for Chinese vacationers. The benefit for US retailers can be significant as this provides them with access to a relatively new and very large base of shoppers. In addition, retailers will benefit from accepting payments from the leading edge mobile payment service implemented by First Global. Deploying services in the USA is intended to be phase 1 and we will keep our shareholders updated as the project evolves. From my perspective, this initiative fits our Company like a glove. It leverages our cross-border capability, access to very large consumer base, our licenses, and is within our mobile centric payments and transactional revenue focus", said Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO of First Global Data Limited.
China Smartpay is China's leading payment solutions company. The China Smartpay Group Holdings (8325.HK) is a Hong Kong-listed company which is engaged in smart payment and internet finance. The company owns the nationwide prepaid card license and internet payment license, and possesses leading smart POS technology and systems. By cooperating with capable and well-known strategic partners, China Smartpay is able to take a leading position in the payment industry. China Smartpay's payment business will be based on prepaid cards, and expand into internet payment, mobile payment, and P2P, etc. in order to serve customers of various types, and establish a vast real-name account network. In the long term, such account networks will become the platform for integrated and personalized financial services.
First Global is an international financial services technology ("FINTECH") company. The Company's two main lines of business are mobile payments and cross border payments. First Global's proprietary leading edge technology enables the convergence of compliant domestic and cross border payments, shopping, Peer to Peer ("P2P"), Business to Consumer ("B2C"), and Business to Business ("B2B") payments. First Global enables its strategic partners and clients around the world with our leading edge financial services technology platform.
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For further information: Andre Itwaru, Chairman and CEO, First Global Data Limited, email: [email protected]