SOLOMONS TO GET SOLAR POWERED TELLER MACHINES

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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, June 5) – More new Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) are arriving in the Solomon Island in July, which will be set around the country.

General Manager of ANZ Tait Jenkin revealed this to Solomon Star last week.

This is part of the new partnership with the Solomon Islands Government to access banking to the rural population as part of the government’s bottom up approach policy.

Last week government announced that ANZ had won the tender to provide banking to the rural population.

With the new partnership with the government, Mr Jenkin said things are going to happen fairly quickly.

With the support from government ANZ will soon open six new solar powered ATMs in Kirakira, Tulagi, Buala, Taro, Lata and Munda.

Apart from that 7 new ‘light’ ANZ branches through Solomon Post will be established and three introduced new rural mobile banks - an additional service on Guadalcanal and two new mobile banks on Malaita.

He said the new ATMS will arrive in Honiara in July and will be dispatched to the allocated centres and installed.

He said the rural mobile banks will arrive sometimes in September.

He attributed the delay to the shipping services in getting the facilities installed in time.

Mr Jenkin said with the expansion of the operations more work and human resources are needed.

"This would mean more jobs for local Solomon Islanders to man the facilities around the country," he said.

ANZ in November launched its mobile rural banking in Guadalcanal and so far more than 8,000 accounts have been opened.

Apart from personal saving accounts, rural customers were able to access micro-finance loans to start their own businesses.

Many locals have commended the service provided by ANZ to allow the banks to visit them in the outsketch of Honiara.

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