RD ezLink grows partner portfolio with Standard Chartered Hong Kong and Ant Bank

7 September 2022

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited (“Standard Chartered Hong Kong”) and Ant Bank (Hong Kong) (“Ant Bank”) are joining RD ezLink as potential partner banks, RD ezLink Limited announced today.  

The partnership with Standard Chartered Hong Kong and Ant Bank follows an earlier announcement of partnership with Bank of East Asia (BEA), CMB Wing Lung Bank and ZA Bank. RD ezLink’s all digital online corporate identity verification service empowers corporate customers to fulfil the partner banks’ customer due diligence requirements conveniently.  

We will soon roll out RD ezLink’s all-digital corporate identity verification solution, which will be able remotely to verify corporate and personal identity documents issued by many countries and regions. RD ezLink’s solution will greatly enhance the efficiency of the partner banks' customer due diligence process in account opening and ongoing maintenance for SMEs.  

Norman Chan, Chairman of RD ezLink Limited, said: “I am very pleased that Standard Chartered Hong Kong and Ant Bank have joined RD ezLink as potential partner banks. The partnership will facilitate account opening and maintenance by corporate customers, enhance the efficiency of the bank and improve the access by SMEs to banking services. This would be helpful to financial inclusion.”  

Winnie Tung, Head of Business Banking at Standard Chartered Hong Kong commented: “Standard Chartered is dedicated to providing more secure and more convenient banking services for its clients through digitization. We are pleased to have reached a preliminary agreement with RD ezLink to explore the use of Fintech and Regtech to strengthen the financial services for SME clients, improve the efficiency of the customer due diligence processes, and maintain prudent risk management.”  

Yvonne Leung, Chief Executive of Ant Bank (Hong Kong) Limited said: “SMEs are the cornerstones of Hong Kong's economy. Given the multiple outbreaks of the pandemic, many SMEs are facing operational difficulties. Ant Bank (Hong Kong) aims to help these SMEs via our digitalize financial inclusion service to weather the storm together. Ant Bank believes that the potential partnership with RD ezLink will help SMEs overcome their cash flow problems and improve our customer services experience through its all-digital corporate identity verification solution.”

Corporate customers generally use services provided by more than one bank to address different business and operational needs, therefore often face tedious and time-consuming processes in providing the same set of company documents and other relevant information to multiple banks for account opening and maintenance, that each bank will also need to verify the corporate information separately. The whole customer due diligence process is both time consuming and costly. Today’s announcement means companies setting up profiles in RD ezLink can streamline access to services of even more banks by maintaining just a single profile for customer due diligence purposes.  

Upon RD ezLink’s launch, business owners can remotely build and maintain all-digital profiles for their companies in RD ezLink’s mobile app even if they are out of town. Key people of the companies can also save the hassle of visiting bank branches in person because identity verification is all-digital with RD ezLink.

About RD ezLink 

Developed by RD ezLink Limited, a member of RD Technologies, RD ezLink is an innovative platform featuring fully-digitised corporate identity verification and data analytics capabilities. In partnership with banks, other financial institutions, business associations, etc., RD ezLink aims to promote financial inclusion by elevating the customer experience in accessing financial services and in raising the cost-effectiveness of financial institutions in doing SME businesses while meeting the regulatory KYC requirement.  

Learn more about RD ezLink at https://www.rd.group.  

About Standard Chartered 

We are a leading international banking group, with a presence in 59 of the world’s most dynamic markets and serving clients in a further 83. Our purpose is to drive commerce and prosperity through our unique diversity, and our heritage and values are expressed in our brand promise, here for good.  

Standard Chartered PLC is listed on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.  

The history of Standard Chartered in Hong Kong dates back to 1859. It is currently one of the Hong Kong SAR’s three note-issuing banks. Standard Chartered incorporated its Hong Kong business on 1 July 2004, and now operates as a licensed bank in Hong Kong under the name of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC.  

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