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Earthport to partner with GWT to offer cross-border payments services

Earthport signs IT firm GWT as new reseller partner for Japan

London, UK, 22 May, 2012 - Earthport, the cross-border payments service provider, today announced a partnership with Global Winning Technologies Corporation (GWT) to serve as a strategic partner in Japan. Under the agreement, the Tokyo-based technology firm will help Earthport strengthen relationships with global institutions seeking to address their international payments requirements.

GWT provides customers including banks, hedge funds and securities firms with an extensive portfolio of advanced intelligence software. Their expertise in financial solutions and relationships with key financial institutions offers Earthport the ideal local presence for multi-national institutions based in Japan. GWT will act as an extension of the existing Earthport sales team led by Marc van Teeseling, Vice President of Business Development for Asia Pacific. 

Due to increased international trade, particularly in the south to south trade routes and intra Asia, the international payments market has been accelerating at a rapid speed, with a downward shift in the value of payments.  Earthport provides a transparent and cost-effective service specifically designed to process high volumes of low value payments with a straight-through-processing efficiency rate of 99.7%.

GWT founder Yukio Sakamoto said: "We look forward to delivering value to our clients through proposing Earthport’s innovative payments framework as a superior payments service. Earthport provides a completely new flexible solution for corporates, financial institutions and non-banks to offer competitive international business services.  We are delighted to offer an innovative new payments model to our customers, which can be integrated with their systems and complement existing services”.

Paul Thomas, Executive Director, Earthport said: “GWT has excellent relationships in the Japanese financial community, which will help us expand and strengthen our relationships with global institutions. With the help of GWT, we look forward to delivering a targeted payments service for low value cross-border payments.”

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Earthport will be at Sibos which takes place in Osaka in October 2012.

About GWT
GWT Co., Ltd. was established in August 2008 and is focused on providing leading global technology solutions to Japanese financial institutions, promoting client competitiveness and resulting in business success. To learn more about GWT, please visit www.gwt-corp.jp.

About Earthport
Earthport plc, a regulated global financial services organisation, specialises in the provision of a white label cross-border payments service.

Through its innovative payments framework, specifically designed for high volumes of low value cross-border payments, Earthport provides a cost-effective and transparent service for secure international payments. Earthport’s clients include banks, foreign exchange businesses, money transfer organisations, payment aggregators and e-commerce businesses.  Through Earthport’s well established payments infrastructure, clients can clear and settle payments directly to banked beneficiaries in over 50 countries.

The company is headquartered in London and is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) on the London Stock Exchange. It operates globally with additional regional offices in Dubai and New York.  Earthport plc is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority under the Payment Service Regulations 2009 for the provision of payment services. To learn more, please visit www.earthport.com and follow us on Twitter @Earthport.

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onechocolate communications for Earthport
Tel: +44 (0)20 7437 0227   
Email: Earthport@onechocolatecomms.co.uk