Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka strengthens financial infrastructure with Creditinfo Group

PRESS RELEASE

Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (CRIB) and CreditInfo enter into strategic partnership to enhance its credit bureau services in the country.

COLUMBO, SRI LANKA, 25th January 2019 – Creditinfo Group, a leading provider of global credit information and fintech services, announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with the Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (CRIB) to provide and support a modern and enhanced credit bureau, specifically developed to strengthen the nation’s financial infrastructure.

Following an official tender process, Creditinfo was selected to provide CRIB with the technical software required to strengthen the country’s existing financial infrastructure, in line with changing trends and regulation within the global financial services sector. This includes the implementation of enhanced credit bureau solutions, automated risk management, and new credit scoring methods to develop an agile financial infrastructure.

The strategic partnership will also see Creditinfo collaborate with CRIB to offer world-class support, education, knowledge and resources to the country’s private and state-owned banks, and wider financial services providers. Alongside this knowledge sharing, the modernised and agile infrastructure, delivered by Creditinfo’s technical software, will be underpinned by new value-added services to provide the Sri Lankan financial services sector with visibility from the moment a loan application is made, right through to the final repayment.

The benefits of the partnership extend beyond the country’s financial institutions. The new credit bureau system will also provide businesses outside of the financial services sector, such as telecommunications and utilities with access to consumer credit and risk information; allowing businesses to identify which customers are credit-worthy, and those which may be likely to default on any credit payment plan. Ultimately, the partnership between CRIB and Creditinfo will enhance banking in Sri Lanka, support the growth of the local economy and raise the country’s global economic rating, creating new business opportunities within the global marketplace.

“Creditinfo’s advanced credit bureau solution is unique to the market and proven in its ability to help countries adapt their financial infrastructure in line with changes in the wider industry,” said Nandi Anthony, CEO, CRIB. “We believe this partnership will also support our objective of increasing financial inclusion and economic growth in our country. We look forward to starting the implementation and effecting long-term change, to the benefit of all citizens.”

“The strategic partnership between Creditinfo Group and CRIB creates a combined industry knowledge of almost half a century,” commented Stefano Stoppani, CEO, Creditinfo Group. “Through this strategic partnership, we are committed to supporting the country in transforming its financial infrastructure through the innovative use of technology. We’re confident and committed to supporting CRIB in achieving its financial inclusion goals and commend its forward-thinking approach to an ever-changing sector.”

About Creditinfo

Established in 1997 and headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland, Creditinfo is a provider of credit information and risk management solutions worldwide. As one of the fastest growing companies in its field, Creditinfo facilitates access to finance, through intelligent information, software and analytics solutions.

With more than 33 credit bureaus running today, Creditinfo has the largest global presence in the field of credit risk management, with a significantly greater footprint than competitors. For decades it has provided business information, risk management and credit bureau solutions to some of the largest, lenders, governments and central banks globally – all with the aim of increasing financial inclusion and generating economic growth by allowing credit access for SMEs and individuals.

For more information, please visit www.creditinfo.com

About Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka

Credit Information Bureau of Sri Lanka (CRIB) established in 1990 was the first Credit Bureau in South Asia. CRIB, a full-file credit bureau which provides both positive and negative credit information since its inception to all regulated member lending institutions, covers 40% of the country’s adult population in its data base presently. CRIB is a private-public partnership and a an independent statutory body by law, which issues more than 40,000 credit reports to its membership on daily basis.

For more information, please visit www.crib.lk

Media Contacts:

Suraj Mashru

Babel PR for Creditinfo Group Suraj@Babelpr.com

+44 (0)207 199 3977

New insurance claims database launched in Iceland

As of January 15 2019, the four Icelandic general (non-life) insurance companies will start using a new claims database for the Icelandic Financial Services Association (SFF) run by Creditinfo. The database will be used to counter organized insurance fraud, as it has been on the increase in relation to organized crime. According to a statement by the Icelandic Police, these groups seem to have found a loop hole in insurance fraud cases in Iceland.

It is estimated that insurance fraud in Iceland can amount to billions of Krónur a year. Such instances of fraud lead to unequivocally higher expenses for the insurance companies’, and this is passed on to the public, who therefore get indirectly harmed by insurance fraud. Among the key things that can be seen in the claims base is whether the same damage has been paid out by more than one insurance company.

Information contained in the claims base is included in the updated policyholder’s terms. The claims base will record the claim reported to the insurance companies that are members of the Financial Services Association (SFF), with the exception of damages covered by life and health insurance. SFF is the operator and controller of the claims base, and Creditinfo has been hired to be the processor of the database with authority from the Data Protection Authority. The insurance companies’ customers can access information from the claims database on My Creditinfo – mitt.creditinfo.is

Creditinfo Group wins contract with Central Bank of Oman for the Implementation & Support of Oman Credit Bureau “OCB”

PRESS RELEASE

Creditinfo joins forces with Central Bank of Oman (CBO) to implement a world class Credit Bureau in the Sultanate

London, 10th January 2019 – Creditinfo Group, the leading global credit information and fintech services provider, today announced a new strategic partnership with the Central Bank of Oman (CBO). As part of the contract, Creditinfo Group will offer a full range of products to support the development, roll-out and management of a sophisticated and scalable credit registry system, including a modular credit reporting system with a roadmap of value-added products.

This announcement marks another significant milestone for Creditinfo, which is a world leader in providing intelligent information in mature and emerging markets. The contract with CBO will ensure that The Sultanate has the leading credit bureau in the region, with capabilities and facilities that extend far beyond those of a traditional credit bureau.

The new Bureau will be processing credit data sourced from both banks and non-banking entities like providers of leasing finance, SME sector lenders, insurance companies, telecommunication companies, utilities and government data.

We are thrilled to start this new adventure with the Central Bank of Oman and provide the full potential of intelligent information, software and analytics solutions to this project,” commented Stefano Stoppani, CEO at Creditinfo. “Backed by international know-how and local market support, the infrastructure we will deliver will set a high bar in the Omani market and the Gulf Region. We look forward to working with CBO, and to deliver these capabilities to our financial services clients globally.”

“The signing of this agreement between Central Bank of Oman and Creditinfo, a World-Class Credit Bureau & FinTech Analytics Provider- is part of CBO 2019-2021 strategy which is aligned with the National Program for Economicical Diversification. OCB once launched will become a national one-stop-shop for credit and financial information in the Sultante Said His Excellency Tahir bin Salim Al Amri, Executive President, at Central Bank of Oman.

 

About Creditinfo

Established in 1997 and headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland, Creditinfo is a provider of credit information and risk management solutions worldwide. As one of the fastest growing companies in its field, Creditinfo facilitates access to finance, through intelligent information, software and analytics solutions.

With more than 33 credit bureaus running today, Creditinfo has the largest global presence in the field of credit risk management, with a significantly greater footprint than competitors. For decades it has provided business information, risk management and credit bureau solutions to some of the largest, lenders, governments and central banks globally – all with the aim of increasing financial inclusion and generating economic growth by allowing credit access for SMEs and individuals.

About Central Bank of Oman

Central Bank of Oman (CBO) is the regulatory authority for all licensed banks operating within the Sultanate of Oman and for those commercial banks incorporated in the Sultanate with operations extending to countries outside of the Sultanate.

Media Contacts:

Suraj Mashru

Babel PR for Creditinfo Group

Suraj@Babelpr.com

+44 (0)207 199 3977

Guyana – Successes driven by One Creditinfo at Work

Creditinfo from data provider to trusted industry leaders; a case study from Guyana

Ben Riley, Global Consultant Creditinfo and David Falconer, Sales Manager Creditinfo Guyana

 

In many ways the country of Guyana is unique. Considered part of the Caribbean region even though it is on the South American mainland. The only English speaking country in South America more interested in cricket than football. On the lowest population density countries on earth (just behind Iceland) but with 30% of that population residing in the capital city of Georgetown. However in the area of Credit, Guyana is proving again that a Creditinfo Credit Bureau can by the driving force behind market development and the opening up of affordable credit to all.

Indeed since the establishment of Creditinfo Guyana in 2013 the business and industry has changed almost beyond recognition. From a market environment where is was so challenging that it required the passing of legislation to legally mandate the use of credit reporting products in the financial sector, to the present day environment marked by an open, forward looking mind-set in which Creditinfo’s core portfolio and value-added products are a perfect fit for the needs of various industry sectors.

We are delighted to announce that in October 2018 Creditinfo Guyana was able to close multiple sales deals for 3 of Creditinfo’s value added products; Monitoring, Benchmarking and IFRS.

Creditinfo’s access to market data and demonstrated expertise drove the development of highly predictive ECL (Expected Credit Loss) models for IFRS-9 reporting and compliance, which has been bought by a selection of both large and small lenders. Indeed some of the larger banks who initially thought themselves quite capable of developing their own internal models are now turning to Creditinfo for assistance as they recognise that our IFRS models are the most accurate available.

Our Benchmarking Reports which capture market specific data on a variety of performance metrics has captivated most of the mainstream lenders in the financial sector and has already been sold to a few who lost no time in adding this formidable asset to their toolkit for gaining competitive advantage in this, small but fiercely contested market.

Our Monitoring Solution has recorded significant buy-in and sale in the financial sector and is expected to drive a more profitable hands-on approach to the management of individual loan portfolios. Simply by showing potential clients actual monitoring results we have found the sales process almost becomes easy.

These successes, which will deliver steady annual recurring revenues from the value-added products themselves, have the additional benefit of delivering significantly increased revenues from the use core Credit Bureau Reports as they help drive credit in the market. A double win if you like for Creditinfo. It is important to note that these sales are not driven by mandatory legal requirements but rather by the actual choices and preference of our subscribers responding to our sales efforts. We have driven market change in Guyana and are particularly proud of this.

Most importantly though is the extent to which Creditinfo is now interwoven in the very fabric of the Guyanese credit market itself. We have evolved from being a mere data collector and aggregator who is simply a vendor of legal mandated data driven credit reports. Creditinfo Guyana is now viewed as an active partner for Credit providers. Creditinfo’s expertise, experience, knowledge and unrivalled access to market data can positively affect the daily operations and profitability of our clients. Indeed we can positively impact the entire market through our introduction of innovative, realistic and modern solutions. Creditinfo Guyana is become the respected authority in Credit whom the banks and other providers turn to for assistance.

Internally we wish to share what we believe was a very significant factor that has brought about this positive change for Creditinfo Guyana; “One Creditinfo”.

The new, increased thrust of full support in product trainings, personal site visits, and not least of all the open-door attitude which has unlocked access to some of the more experienced thinkers and planners in the group has helped transform the efforts and the approach of the local office. The direct result – hard won as it were by logging endless hours, days, weeks and months of tireless sales presentations, marketing initiatives, public relations outreaches and some really innovative out-of-the-box thinking has been rewarded by sales in not one but three different value-added product categories.

As an international company, Creditinfo has first-hand experience in many different kinds of markets, each no doubt at different levels of development. By deploying the full strength of “one Creditinfo” we can play a leading role in the development of all our markets and position Creditinfo as the trusted authority in Credit Risk.

Each and every one of Creditinfo’s markets is unique in its own way. However Guyana has shown that by working together as One Creditinfo we can drive the development of the credit industry and position ourselves as trusted partners in the industry. This not only drives financial performance for Creditinfo but improves our strategic position greatly. Guyana has proven that this is possible; let us replicate this in all our markets.

 

Creditinfo Academy – Gamification by Ieva Bieliunaite

Picture1 Ieva Bieliunaite, the Marketing Manager from Creditinfo Group explains the concept of gamification. Gamification is the use of design elements characteristic for games in non-game contexts.We use game-based mechanics, aesthetics, and game thinking to engage people, motivate action, promote learning, and solve problems.

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Creditinfo CRB Kenya launching its risk management products and services

Creditinfo CRB Kenya Ltd. is a credit reference bureau licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya. Recently, the company has launched its risk management products and services into the market. You can read more in the article by Stellar Murumba following this link.

Creditinfo acquire Credit Bureau in Estonia from Experian

Creditinfo are pleased to announce that they have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a credit bureau operation in Estonia from Experian, Krediidiinfo. Krediidiinfo has been operating since 1993 and is engaged in corporate economic and financial data collection, processing and analysis. Hosting Estonia’s largest corporate and private database, Krediidiinfo currently has more than 16,000 companies, both domestically and abroad, utilising their credit reporting services.

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My job

Reynir GretarssonPeople have predefined ideas about what it is that I do.  I have found that such ideas vary from me being in charge of everything that happens in our company to being in a ceremonial role.  People outside the company typically believe I am involved in much more than I am.  As an example someone I know might contact me and ask for a job.  I would answer that I have only three employees myself and have not hired for 3 years, nor plan to.  A lot of people are being hired by our Group, perhaps close to 1 per week now, but this is not something that is on my table.  And that is not because I am too good for this, but precisely because I believe I am not very good at hiring and supporting people reporting directly to me.  I typically give them tasks and leave it to them.  The “outsiders” also find it strange that I have not been involved in the Icelandic operation at all for many years, even if I am working from the same office.

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Players of the Month: Samuel White & Paul Randall

This month we’d like to recognise Sam and Paul for all the air miles they have recently clocked up.

Seriously though, their jobs may sound very glamorous, travelling all over the globe to meet the different operational sites and share best practice within the Group and meeting new / potential clients etc.  The reality is, these guys can be getting out of bed at an unearthly hour, travelling for 20 hrs or more, delivering presentations having only had a few hours sleep, living out of a suitcase, arriving home in the middle of the night….. and don’t forget they are leaving their loved ones at home.

There are a number of other people within Creditinfo who equally travel a lot promoting Creditinfo around the globe and can equate with the trials and tribulations of travelling.  We’d like to thank you guys too, you know who you are!
However, as many of our operational sites have recently told us that they really appreciate a visit from Paul and Sam and the time they spend sharing their knowledge and experience, along with their input on various projects and tenders, we thought we’d give these guys a special mention this month.

2 New Employees – Creditinfo Group Credit Bureau Expansion

Kristinn “Kiddi” Agnarsson has recruited more people to the Credit Bureau Expansion team to meet the increased demand of all the new opportunities we are are receiving.  Joining him and Shane Moldenhauer, Einar Davidsson and Jóhanna Magnúsdóttir, who you read about in the previous month’s issue of The Ivory Towers, are:

Eyjólfur “Eyjó” Eyjólfsson

Firstly, let’s start with how to pronounce Eyjólfur  –  as he advised some of our non Icelandic friends, its much easier to call him Eyjó which is pronounced A-O. Continue reading »