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Strategic Agreement between Bancolombia and First Data: the Arrival of New Commerce Solutions for Colombian Business Owners

MEDELLIN, JULY 25, 2016 – Bancolombia and First Data (NYSE: FDC), a global leader in commerce-enabling technology, announced a strategic agreement to integrate and strengthen their technology platforms in order to improve and diversify services for business owners in Colombia.

The companies will focus on building commerce technology solutions for merchants and facilitating access to the banking system, offering advanced technology and secure, efficient transactions. First Data and Bancolombia will bring the latest payments innovations from Europe and the United States to the Colombian market, including best-in-class eCommerce and business management solutions. 

For Bancolombia, the alliance with one of the world leaders in the payment technology industry represents a tremendous opportunity to modernize commerce in the Colombian marketplace. “At Bancolombia we are always aiming to improve our product and service portfolio, and in order to achieve this within the best global standards, we will always seek partnerships with the best in the world,” said Juan Carlos Mora Uribe, President of the Bank.

The alliance with Bancolombia will strengthen First Data’s role as an important player in the Colombian market, which the company first entered in 2009. “We are committed to investing in Colombia, a strategic market that represents huge potential for our company given that the use of debit and credit cards still has relatively low penetration. First Data is proud to partner with one of the most important financial institutions in the region. Our work with Bancolombia is a key component of our overall strategy in Latin America,” said Gustavo Marín, Executive Vice President of First Data for Latin America.

First Data is a market leader in the Caribbean and Latin America, with operations in eight countries, serving clients in 32 countries across the region. In Brazil, 60% of all credit card transactions are processed on First Data’s software platforms.

ABOUT FIRST DATA

First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in 118 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,500 transactions per second and $1.9 trillion per year.

ABOUT BANCOLOMBIA

Bancolombia Group is a conglomerate of financial companies, with 141 years of history, offering a broad portfolio of financial products and services in 10 countries (Colombia, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Peru, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua and Cayman Islands) to a diverse base of institutions and individuals representing more than 10 million clients. 

 

MEDIA CONTACT FOR BANCOLOMBIA
 
Juan Pablo Tobón Baena
Relaciones con prensa
(57)(4) 404 2266
Cel: 314.8140645

 

MEDIA CONTACT FOR FIRST DATA

Luis Fernando Gutierrez
Hill + Knowlton Strategies for First Data
+57-310-751-8618

 

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