Al Ansari Exchange, a provider of worldwide remittance and foreign exchange services, has signed a strategic partnership with the National Bank of Egypt (NBE), in a move to further expand its network of correspondent banks and agents worldwide.

The company also revealed that its focus on Egypt is being driven by the growth potential projected for the local remittance industry, with the country ranking as among the top 10 leading money transfer destinations across the globe according to statistics released by the World Bank, registering $8.7bn in total cash transfers in 2008, an estimated $7.8bn in 2009, and a projected growth of over 6% for the current fiscal year.

The inclusion of NBE to Al Ansari Exchange’ global partners is also expected to further strengthen its line-up of remittance and foreign exchange services offered to Egyptian nationals as well as Egyptian expatriates who regularly send money to their home country.

Mohammed Ali Al Ansari, managing director of Al Ansari Exchange, said: “Egypt has shown its economic resilience amidst the global financial crisis, and the continuous remittance flow in the country makes it a key market for us. While the strength of our over 150-strong global correspondent banks and agents network allows us to provide enhanced services to customers who send and receive money from this major market, this new partnership with the National Bank of Egypt will further boost the level of services and products we offer our customers.”