Datacard Group Announces Financial Instant Issuance Implementation with Ecobank in Africa

  Datacard Group Announces Financial Instant Issuance Implementation with
  Ecobank in Africa

Datacard Group Worked Closely with A2M Technologie to Implement Integrated
Solutions that will Enable Ecobank to Instantly Issue Personalized Prepaid
Cards

Business Wire

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- September 9, 2013

Datacard Group, the world leaderin secure ID and card personalization
solutions,  today announced that Ecobank Transnational Inc., a financial
services provider with operations in over 30 African countries, is enhancing
their customer service levels by implementing Datacard^® financial instant
issuance solutions for in-branch issuance of its Visa CashXpress prepaid
cards.

A multi-purpose prepaid card that is specifically designed for both customers
and non-customers of Ecobank as well as banked and unbanked people, the Visa
CashXpress prepaid card can be used for payments and withdrawals from ATMs,
Point of Sales (POS) and other terminals around the world. Now, with the
complete Datacard instant issuance solution in place, Ecobank eliminates the
typical two-week waiting period it usually takes for customers to receive
their card, giving them immediate purchasing power.

“Ecobank has a wide variety of customers who use the CashXpress card --
including students, employees, merchants, business people and corporations,”
said Rick Harbey Odom Thomson, head of card operstions, OPS and IT for Ecobank
Centrafrique SA. “This multi-currency payment card provides the alternative to
carrying cash and is great for individuals traveling abroad or who do not have
a bank account. It’s very important to us to offer convenience and enhanced
customer service and we’re so excited to now be able to offer it instantly to
customers.”

Datacard Group worked closely with A2M Technologie—an electronic payment
solutions provider in Africa—to provide an integrated financial instant
issuance solution for Ecobank that includes the Datacard CE870 instant
issuance system and CardWizard^® instant issuance software, as well as
in-country local services and support provided by A2M Technologie.

“Improving customer convenience was crucial in order for Ecobank to maintain
and increase customer loyalty,” said Uwe Jaspers, regional financial instant
issuance director for the EMEA region. “We were able to help Ecobank achieve
this through our innovative products and solutions, as well as our partnership
with A2M Technologie.”

For more information about Ecobank’s Visa CashXpress prepaid cards, please
visit http://www.ecobank.com/cashxpress.aspx.

About Datacard Group

Datacard Group empowers financial institutions, government agencies and other
enterprises in more than 150 countries to securely issue and personalize
financial cards, passports, national IDs, employee badges, mobile payment
applications and other credentials. Our flexible solutions enable Secure
Issuance Anywhere™, which helps both public and private enterprises succeed in
a global, digital and increasingly connected marketplace. Datacard is the
world's best-selling brand of secure issuance solutions. For information,
visit www.datacard.com. Follow us on Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

Contact:

Datacard Group
Kristin Eckmann, +1 303-754-2047
kristin_eckmann@datacard.com
 
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