Continuing its digital transformation initiatives, Ahli Bank has expanded its digital offering by signing a Master Services Agreement with ONEIC along with TASDEED to facilitate faster electronic bill payments.
This agreement facilitates the TASDEED system to be integrated with Ahli Bank’s Corporate Internet Banking/ ‘ahlinet’ and making it convenient for the Bank’s clients to pay bills and contributions through these channels from the comfort of their homes or offices 24×7. A wide array of service providers across a range of sectors including PASI, electricity and water, telecommunications, education, e-commerce, hospitality and travel, among others, will be accessible through this system. Initially, the system will be available for clients to make PASI contributions. Gradually, other service providers will also be activated and lots more will be added in due course to provide added convenience to the customers.
Commenting on the agreement, Ms. Hanaa Al Kharusi, GM – Corporate Banking, said, “Ahli Bank has been making significant efforts to scale up its digital transformation initiatives. The Master Services Agreement for Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment Services with ONEIC along with TASDEED is yet another significant milestone for the bank as it enhances its digital footprint. We sincerely believe in providing new value added services and improving the overall service levels and experiences for our esteemed clients.”
“With the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a sudden spurt in online and mobile banking. We consider this agreement very timely due to the current scenario in which increasing the usage of digital / electronic transactions is the need of the hour. We would like to commend our partners ONEIC and TASDEED for their co-operation and support in enabling us to offer this facility to our corporate clients.”
Apart from signing the Master Services Agreement, Ahli Bank in line with its objectives of enhancing its focus on technology and digitalisation to improve customers’ overall user experience, has continued to enhance features on its Ahli B2B platform and the Corporate Internet Banking platform – ‘ahlinet,’ offering greater flexibility and more convenient transaction banking. The Bank also continues to expand its Point of Sale (POS) offerings powered by AFS and these are rapidly increasing in popularity across the country. Its Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) offerings make it very convenient for customers to deposit their bulk cheques with the bank from the convenience of their offices instead of visiting a branch.
As an ISO: 27001 certified bank, Ahli Bank treats safety and security of transactions with utmost importance. The integration of Tasdeed system with Ahli Bank systems is seamless with a very high degree of built-in security and authentication features. The transactions will be effected in real time and payments will be credited immediately into the account of the service provider.
Ahli Bank has been in the forefront of driving IT initiatives. In fact, digital initiatives have played a key role in driving growth and efficiency. The bank’s digitisation procedures makes it one of the preferred banks in the Sultanate. The bank will continue to invest significantly in digitalisation, providing structured and customised array of relevant technologies and partnerships in the coming years with the goal of providing a seamless and smooth experience and service to its clients.