Botswana Savings Bank Goes Digital – BSB selects CR2 to Power its Digital Offering

Botswana Savings Bank (BSB) has selected global leading digital banking provider, CR2, to launch a suite of digital banking channels and payment services.  This will allow BSB to execute their digital transformation strategy and offer a suite of value added services to their customers via digital channels. The sheer importance of providing dynamic digital banking payments and services has been highlighted by the Covid-19 pandemic as customers move away from branches and physical interaction.

With CR2’s BankWorld platform, BSB will have the ability to digitally onboard customers remotely, allowing the bank to efficiently increase its customer reach. The new suite of digital services will give BSB’s customers full access to relevant lifestyle-based digital services such as Person to Person payments and utility payments. The bank’s customers will enjoy an enhanced digital experience as they will be able to access their accounts, products, loans and mortgages remotely whilst being able to track their spending and budgets through Personal Financial Management (PFM), creating a better all-round customer experience.

BSB is committed to enhancing customer experience and allowing customers increased control over their finances through 24/7 access to their financial information. The additional digital capability will empower the bank’s customers to perform transactions, such as transfers or bill payments, quickly and efficiently.

Kabelo Ngwako, BSB Director of Support Services looks forward to working with CR2 on this significant milestone for the bank:

“This investment for BSB is important and we were careful to select an experienced and trusted vendor with knowledge of our market.  As CR2 are highly rated and recognised by analysts as a world leading provider of digital banking platforms we know that by bringing them onboard to roll out our digital channels they will give us a platform that will put us at the cutting edge of modern banking in Botswana.”

As a state-owned bank, BSB has a specific mandate of mobilising the nation to save, as well as providing inclusive financial services. They have a small network of branches throughout Botswana, with their key branches located in Gaborone and Francistown. However their customer reach is increased through a partnership agreement they have with Botswana Post which allows them to offer their banking services through postal services nationwide network of 120 postal outlets. These new digital channels will allow them to attract a wider client base and tap into the underbanked population in Botswana.

On the announcement of the partnership, Meabh Maguire, CR2’s Global Commercial Manager said that she believes BSB’s move into Digital Banking will give them the edge in an already highly competitive market:

“Our BankWorld platform will enable BSB to offer their customers a state-of-the-art digital banking and payments service. In the times that we now find ourselves living, it is key that a bank reacts and adapts quickly for its customers and with this investment, BSB are making a strong statement as to their commitment to the future and to ensuring their customers have access to the best digital banking services available.” 

CR2 is a world-leading vendor of Digital Banking Platforms, having delivered thousands of projects in over 60 countries, and have a market leadership position in Africa. They provide banks with digital, self-service and payments solutions to help them grow their business, optimise customer service cost and deliver an enhanced customer experience. They have the broadest set of digital channel solutions available on the market ranging from Mobile and Internet through to USSD and self service capabilities.

There are exciting times ahead for BSB with their digital banking platform set to go live in March 2021. Their ongoing partnership with CR2 demonstrates they are investing in delivering modern-day banking for their customers.