Tampa, FL (PRWEB) April 22, 2009
The Inter-American Bank of Development (BID) Conference met in Medellin, Colombia from March 26th – March 31st. This event was sponsored, in part, by xchangeAGENT Inc., a payment processing company that specializes in emerging markets. The six day event had a central strategy, globally minded, to focus on improving competitiveness, furthering social development, and to govern and fortify Colombia.
Since the opportunity for free trade is on the horizon, enhancing Colombia’s competitiveness in the global marketplace was one of the central themes at the BID conference. The banks intend to support Colombia in corporate development to create new job opportunities and to increase growth.
Another focus at the conference was that of social development, helping the most unfortunate population better their living conditions enabling them to contribute to the county’s growth. The bank will support the development of human capital through investment of early child development or transitional programs like school-work, the quality and efficiency improvement of social services, and the development and expansion of social protection programs.
The final theme at the BID was to govern and fortify the process to decentralize. The strategy will support the capacity of the country in the provision of services and the procedure of the decentralization process; fortifying the control of the State; the efficiency and effectiveness of the public expense; and the regulatory capacity of the State.
xchangeAGENT’s presence at this significant national conference for Colombia only served to solidify xchangAGENT’s relationships within this country. “We chose to sponsor the BID conference because we wanted to show our full support for Colombia’s efforts to finalize the Free Trade Agreement and decentralize the banks. By being a continuous support during these economic times, we are letting Colombia know that we are in this with them for the long haul,” said Michael Prozer, CEO of xchangeAGENT and XA Worldwide Corp.
Prozer continues, “xchangeAGENT designs its solutions not only to provide advanced technical applications for Colombia and the surrounding regions, but also to use our solutions as a tool to help build the economical landscape and bring about new opportunities and contributions to a region that needs it. Our solutions are designed to not only help us succeed as a company, but also give back in so many ways. We have encouraged the use of our solutions as a revenue source for charitable, nutritional, and educational programs that are very much needed.”
xchangeAGENT Inc. has been operating in Colombia for over 4 years now, and has focused on bringing leading-edge payment technology to this emerging market. One of the most recent projects was creating electronic payment solutions for the government of Medellin to include: Kiosk, Web, Call Center, POS and Mobile Payment Technologies.
xchangeAGENT Inc. has pioneered new mobile payment technologies which will be released throughout South and Central America. “Our Mobile Technologies have been designed for real-time payment transactions and bringing about a revolutionary way to take mobile payment technologies to a whole new level. We have a suite of technologies and applications to Improve the total mobile Customer Experience. We have partnered with MovistarTM, (parented by TelefonicaTM) who will be our provider for cellular and data services to more than 1 million BlackberryTM devices initially. We couldn’t be happier with the development of these new applications and the opportunity to work with our partners for this endeavor” Michael Prozer CEO xchangeAGENT Inc.
xchangeAGENT Inc. is a division of XA Worldwide Corp. which is an enterprise payment solutions provider that offers electronic payment software, electronic bill presentation and payment solutions (EBPP), and e-marketplace management systems with value added services to medium and large companies and governments in emerging global markets. Driving emerging market payments and distinguished by comprehensive international services,XA Worldwide helps customers leverage new technology as well as existing and new resources to achieve superior business and social results.
Las Vegas, NV (PRWEB) August 7, 2009
Nevada State Bank recently teamed up with Frank Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on embezzlement and identity theft, to help Nevada combat fraud. The bank’s new fraud awareness campaign is designed to protect small-business owners and consumers from the constant threat of fraud and identity theft.
The country’s current economic troubles have created epidemic levels of fraud and identity theft. The numbers are quite staggering:
Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) April 6, 2010
M&I Bank will launch its “MiLife Series” on April 17 with a one-day event designed to help Kansas Citians protect their health, wealth, and self. Along with experts representing various community partners, M&I Bank will offer consultations, education, and practical solutions for healthy living and personal and financial security from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Briarcliff Village, Leawood, Independence, and Shawnee M&I Bank locations.
“Through the ‘MiLife Series,’ M&I Bank and our community partners will provide quick and easy tips and tools to help our Kansas City friends, neighbors, customers, and colleagues protect their health, wealth, and self,” said David Janus, president of M&I Bank’s Kansas City Region. “This is the inaugural event for our ‘MiLife Series’ programming that we hope will have an impact on the lives of those in the Kansas City community.”
Because identity theft is the fastest growing form of consumer fraud in North America, several local shredding companies, including Shred Time and Secure Document Solutions, are participating in the event to help consumers destroy their confidential documents and protect themselves and their most valuable assets against this type of theft. Each family is limited to five bags or boxes.
The Society of Former FBI Agents, Safe Kids, the Safety Council, and the Kansas City and Leawood Police and Fire Departments also will be on site to work with parents to develop national child identification kits, to conduct safety simulations, and to provide information on child proofing your home and children’s immunizations.
The American Heart Association and National Kidney Foundation will provide information on keeping your heart and kidneys healthy. In addition, a variety of other community partners will discuss exercise; massage therapy; healthy eating habits; green living; dentistry, and eye, spine, and nervous system health.
“M&I Bank is committed to the Kansas City community and we’re pleased to offer this valuable event. We hope everyone will take advantage of the resources offered to help protect their personal and professional well being,” Janus added.
For more information about M&I Bank’s “MiLife Series,” please visit http://www.mibank.com/milife or call any one of M&I’s 15 Kansas City area locations.
About M&I Bank
M&I Bank is an affiliate of Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE: MI), a diversified financial services corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with $ 57.2 billion in assets. Founded in 1847, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank is the largest Wisconsin-based bank, with 192 offices throughout the state. In addition, M&I has 53 locations throughout Arizona; 33 offices in Indianapolis and nearby communities; 36 offices along Florida’s west coast and in central Florida; 15 offices in Kansas City and nearby communities; 26 offices in metropolitan Minneapolis/St. Paul, and one in Duluth, Minn.; and one office in Las Vegas, Nev. M&I’s Southwest Bank subsidiary has 17 offices in the greater St. Louis area. M&I also provides trust and investment management, equipment leasing, mortgage banking, asset-based lending, financial planning, investments, and insurance services from offices throughout the country and on the Internet (http://www.mibank.com or http://www.micorp.com). M&I’s customer-based approach, internal growth, and strategic acquisitions have made M&I a nationally recognized leader in the financial services industry.
(PRWEB) June 24, 2010
Representatives from two well known Yorkshire financial organisations have joined forces to raise money for their nominated charities and complete the rigorous national Three Peaks Challenge.
Staff teams from Yorkshire Bank and Engage Mutual will aim to climb Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in Cumbria and Ben Nevis in Scotland, within a gruelling 24 hours from 8am on 23 June to 8am on 24 June.
Yorkshire Banks climbers will raise funds for its charity partner Help the Hospices, a national charity which supports over 200 hospices across the UK; and Engage Mutual has pledged its fundraising efforts to the Steve Prescott Foundation, which raises money for the Christie Cancer Hospital and Try Assist, the Rugby League Benevolent Fund.
Both teams have been training with a number of endurance walks, tackling some of the highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, in preparation for the challenge.
Yorkshire Banks Steve Fletcher, Head of Retail Banking England, stated:
Were raising money for three worthy charities, and that alone will give us the motivation needed to cover the 6,800m up and down the three peaks in 24 hours, as well as the best part of 500 miles by road.
The challenge is sure to test us all to the maximum but with some great teamwork Im sure that the Engage & Yorkshire Bank team will be able to complete the task.
Engage Mutuals Business Development Director, Steve Treasure, added:
The decision to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in partnership with Yorkshire Bank extends our successful working partnership, which has been running for more than three years now.
As a joint team, we are putting 100 per cent into the challenge and are hopeful that our efforts will raise much needed funds for our respective worthy charities.
Eighteen months ago, Yorkshire Bank launched the successful Vision tax exempt savings plan in partnership with Engage Mutual. This built on an existing distribution partnership for the Engage Guaranteed over 50 Life Insurance.
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New York, NY (PRWEB) September 23, 2013
Today, the World Bank Group, UNICEF, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Norway announced a collective total of USD $ 1.15 billion in funding over the next three years to accelerate progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5, and to ensure essential services and medicines reach women and children who need them in developing countries with the highest burdens of maternal and child deaths.
With only 829 days until the MDG deadline of December 31, 2015, the $ 1.15 billion announced today will provide commodities and services that position countries to be able to help save 3 million lives, according to estimates by the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs.
These commitments represent one of the largest infusions of funds for maternal and child health from global donors since the MDGs were established in 2000, and signal the global communitys determination to support countries in achieving the goals.
This weeks unprecedented $ 1.15 billion funding fills a substantial portion of the financing gap for child and maternal health,” said Ray Chambers, UN Special Envoy for Financing the Health MDGs and for Malaria. While we look forward to additional resources being mobilized, the focus now must fully be at country-level, where the coordinated timing and use of funds with country leadership will ensure that their collective impact is felt by the children and women most in need.
These funds will help ensure that quality medicines and supplies are readily available in countries and will support innovative delivery of services through results-based financing. These investments will help save newborns from severe infections, protect young children from the risks of diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria, and help women space the births of their children and avoid deaths from post-partum hemorrhage and eclampsia. Moreover, they will target those mothers and children with the greatest needs, typically found in the lowest 40% of the income distribution.
The funding from these four development partners will work in a complementary and coordinated way to target a set of high-burden countries, in support of each countrys own child and maternal health plan. The resources from the United States, UNICEF, and Norway will largely be used to strengthen existing supply systems, and provide a needed injection of life-saving commodities, to ensure they reach the communities that need them. The resources from the World Bank Group will help countries transform their health service delivery for women and children by explicitly tying payments to health service providers to the successful delivery and independent verification of pre-agreed results.
The additional funding will build on substantial success already achieved in both the child and maternal health goals, with both child and maternal deaths having fallen to approximately half of the 1990 figures.
As the global community gathers in New York City this week for the annual United Nations General Assembly, we would like to use this commitment to underscore our collective and individual resolve to keep our promise to the worlds children and mothers by supporting countries to achieve the MDGs, and laying a sustainable foundation for a world free of preventable child and maternal mortality beyond 2015.