JN Money Trans­fer waives fees to as­sist Haiti re­cov­ery

Jamaica Gleaner - - TODAY -

Karen Bhooras­ingh, past pres­i­dent of the In­surance As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica (IAJ), and IAJ Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Orville John­son (cen­tre) chat with Hugh Reid, pres­i­dent of Sco­tia In­surance and IAJ past pres­i­dent at a farewell cock­tail re­cep­tion for Reid at the Courtleigh Ho­tel.

Past pres­i­dent of the In­surance As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica (IAJ), Karen Bhooras­ingh (left), chat with Grace Bur­nett (right), chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of GK Gen­eral In­surance, and An­drew Leo-Rhynie, gen­eral man­ager of GK Gen­eral, at the IAJ’s farewell cock­tail re­cep­tion for Hugh Reid at the Courtleigh Ho­tel on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

JN MONEY Ser­vices (JNMS), op­er­a­tors of the JN Money Trans­fer brand, has waived all fees on re­mit­tances being sent to Haiti as part of its drive to as­sist res­i­dents in the Caribbean coun­try.

Haitians are try­ing to re­cover from the flood­ing and dis­lo­ca­tions which left more than 1,000 per­sons dead and oth­ers miss­ing, fol­low­ing the re­cent pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew. The com­pany said the fee waiver, which took ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 10, will con­tinue un­til Oc­to­ber 22.

“Based on re­ports from aid agen­cies in Haiti, Hur­ri­cane Matthew has de­stroyed some 90 per cent of the southern re­gion of the coun­try and af­fected some 350,000 peo­ple, who are in need of as­sis­tance,” ex­plained Ho­race Hines, act­ing gen­eral man­ager, JNMS. “We are aware of the hard­ships faced by the peo­ple of Haiti, in par­tic­u­lar the re­gion af­fected by the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew. There­fore, to as­sist with the re­cov­ery ef­forts, we have waived all fees to send money from UK, USA, Canada and the Cay­man Is­lands to the coun­try un­til Oc­to­ber 22.”

This will re­sult in per­sons being bet­ter able to as­sist their loved ones to get back on their feet.

AS­SIST­ING LOVED ONES

Per­sons liv­ing in Haiti can ac­cess funds sent to them from any of the over 300 UniTrans­fer lo­ca­tions across the coun­try. Hur­ri­cane Matthew dam­aged in­fra­struc­ture, in­clud­ing hun­dreds of houses, and floods washed away roads and bridges.

“When­ever there is a dis­as­ter, re­mit­tances to the af­fected coun­try nor­mally in­crease; and, as many per­sons out­side of Haiti seek to send funds to their rel­a­tives and friends, we have taken the de­ci­sion to waive all re­mit­tance fees. This will re­sult in per­sons being bet­ter able to as­sist their loved ones to get back on their feet,” he added.

The World Bank es­ti­mates that re­mit­tances to Haiti, with a pop­u­la­tion of about 10 mil­lion per­sons, form a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of its gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

JNMS, with head of­fice based in Kingston, Ja­maica, mar­kets its ser­vices un­der the JN Money Trans­fer brand, with op­er­a­tions in the UK, USA, Canada, Ghana, the Philip­pines and across the Caribbean. The com­pany be­gan op­er­at­ing in Haiti last year.

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