A London Diasporan Banker's Recommendations to Kenya Commercial Bank
1. A need to have a KCB agent or branch in the UK.
2. Review requirement for Mortgage applications as currently work permit is required - NOT RELEVANT! Question to KCB is why antagonise ?...we are all Kenyans, some of us have migration issues that needs better understanding & if you want our business then come up with diaspora friendly terms and conditions.
Identity card or passport should be sufficient!
3. Address fraud issues on diaspora accounts/impersonation etc- what is the bank doing about it ?
4. Provision for free/subsidised channels for remittances - Currently it is too expensive as we are face with three tariffs at present:
- When remitting cash we pay a fee/charge at bank/agent.
- On receipt in kenya same cash is charged.
- Indirect charges of "loss in conversion rate" we don'tt necessarily get the best rates.
5. Portability & Transferability of pensions to kenya -lump sum currently no arrangement between kenya and UK Inland revenue.
6. Customer service : without a doubt someone used to 1st world Customer Service needs similar match!
By Esther Wairumbi. Esther is a Banker/Enterprenuer based in the UK.
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Well said Esther . hope the kenyans banks are listening to this valuable advise.