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PayPal将在古巴开启Xoom转账业务

随着美国白宫持续放宽美国与古巴的关系,美国金融服务公司也开始排队准备与古巴做生意。

PayPal执行总裁Dan Schulman不久前提到,PayPal将要在年底在古巴开展Xoom的转账服务。去年PayPal以8.9亿美元的价格收购了Xoom, Xoom专门从事跨境转账汇款业务。

Schulman说:“现在向古巴汇款非常耗时并且昂贵。Xoom会让古巴人民更方便快捷廉价地获取外国资金。引入这些转账服务不仅可以促进金融包容性,还可以提高人们的日常生活水平——人们拥有更多的转账方式,不需要再在银行门口排起长队。”

汇款目前占古巴GDP的3%,但之前Xoom并不允许其用户向社会主义国家汇款。Schulman作为美国商界领袖之一,上周末随奥巴马一起访问了古巴——现任总统奥巴马是88年来第一位访问古巴的总统。

Stripe执行总裁Patrick Collison也随行访问。周五,他的公司也表示将要把其Atlas的业务扩展到古巴。该业务会帮助全球的企业家远程在美国看展业务,新建银行账户等。

As the White House continues to ease restrictions on U.S.-Cuban relations, American financial services companies are lining up to do business.

PayPal CEO Dan Schulman said in a blog post Sunday that his company planned to open up its money-transfer service, Xoom, to Cuba by year’s end. Xoom, which PayPal acquired for $890 million last year, specializes in remittance — essentially cross-border money transfers.

“Today, remittances to Cuba are time-consuming and expensive,” Schulman said. “Xoom will help make it easier, faster and more affordable for Cubans to gain access to funds. Introducing these money transfer services will not only foster financial inclusion, but they can have a positive impact on the day-to-day quality of life — eliminating long lines and fostering greater choice in this community.”

Remittances currently account for 3 percent of Cuba’s GDP, the blog post said, but Xoom has not previously allowed its users to send money to the communist country. Schulman was one of the U.S. business leaders invited to travel to Cuba this weekend in conjunction with President Obama’s visit — the first by a sitting U.S. president in 88 years.

Patrick Collison, CEO of payment-processing startup Stripe, also made the trip this weekend. On Friday, his company said it would expand its new Atlas service to Cuba, which helps entrepreneurs with global ambitions incorporate a U.S. business remotely, and open a bank account, too.


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