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Colombian Remittance Market Bolstered as TerraPay Partners With Bancolombia

TerraPay, a global payments network and Bancolombia, a Colombian remittance organisation have partnered to enhance financial inclusion for Colombians. This will be especially beneficial for Colombians living abroad who need secure, real-time payment solutions.

TerraPay’s reach and agile infrastructure connects 100 remittance companies in the world. In turn, this enables the flow of payments between 200+ send countries and 120+ receive countries. TerraPay’s innovative payment solutions will enhance Bancolombia’s capabilities and reach. It will further bolster a company which already has agreements with 17 remittance companies, with a scope of 125 sending countries.

Cristina ArrastĂ­a, vice president of business at Bancolombia.
Cristina ArrastĂ­a, vice president of business at Bancolombia

“It is not a minor figure: thanks to these agreements, Bancolombia is positioned as the largest payer of remittances in Colombia. In 2022 alone, of the $9,429million that arrived in the country, the entity paid  $5,692″ says Cristina ArrastĂ­a, vice president of business at Bancolombia.

“This new agreement with TerraPay will multiply these flows, especially with an ally capable of innovating with its solutions and infrastructure.”

However, she adds: “Beyond the growth in the way of receiving money, the greatest impact will be on people, especially those Colombians who have a family member abroad, from whom they receive resources for their sustenance in Colombia. Colombians themselves in other countries will also benefit due to the number of channels they will have available to move money to the country.”

Creating bridges across the globe

It is expected that this new alliance between Bancolombia and TerraPay will maximise the entry of money into the country from the United States, England, Spain and other countries in Europe. Also from various nations in Asia and Africa.

Paula Andrea Valle, director - South America, TerraPay
Paula Andrea Valle, director – South America, TerraPay

Paula Andrea Valle, director – South America, TerraPay said: “The agreement between the two companies is extremely important. Bancolombia currently has the largest share of the remittance market, which for us means reaching this market the right way with the right partner.

“The arrival of TerraPay in the country represents ease and effectiveness in the flow of resources globally. TerraPay is the only payments network to have 29 licenses and regulatory approvals globally, along with real-time transaction and risk monitoring capabilities, allowing us to ensure 100 per cent compliance.”

TerraPay powers the frictionless global movement of money in more than 7.5 billion bank accounts, through more than 2.1 billion mobile wallets, while ensuring that over 97 per cent of its transactions are delivered in less than a minute.

“The impact of his delivery promise would undoubtedly increase the level of satisfaction of Colombians, especially those who have an account in Bancolombia and need this service,” concludes ArrastĂ­a.

She recalls that according to studies developed by Bancolombia, 36 per cent of the resources that arrive from abroad are used in the country to sustain households. Meanwhile, 13 per cent is directed to the payment of obligations and seven per cent to expenses in health and well-being. And lastly, six per cent to fashion, five per cent to food, and six per cent to travel and transport.


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