Sending money back home in Pacific

– now just a mobile phone call away
United Nations Development Fund resident coordinator Knut Ostby and Fiji rugby player Apisalome Ratuniyarawa send a payment to Fiji. [Photo: Alex Perrottet / PMC]

While smart phones may be satiating our desires for more and better gimmicks and applications, it now takes just a humble handset to send money to the Pacific, and recipients don’t even need to go to the bank.

Amid the hype and frenzy of activity last Friday with the merging of the Pacific Islands Forum and the Rugby World Cup, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, a Fijian rugby player based in Gisborne, sent $500 to a general store in his village of Naitasiri.

It was an historic transaction – the first time in this part of the world that money was sent via mobile phone to the Pacific Islands.

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