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Financial institutions offer Jubilee giveaways

BY NEKIESHA REID Business reporter

Sunday, August 05, 2012    

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AT least three of Jamaica's top financial institutions will be doling out Jamaica 50 giveaways for the golden jubilee celebrations.

Fifty Jamaica National Money Services (JNMS) customers will be given US$500 ($44,000) to "sweeten" the country's 50th anniversary festivities for them.

"It's about celebrating ourselves," General Manager Leesa Kow said, "and we want to contribute to the celebration of our customers where ever they are in our network."

The customers -- to be picked from the UK, the US, Canada, The Bahamas, and Cayman Islands -- would have been sending money to Jamaica using the building society's money transfer product.

Real time money transfer is facilitated at the company's 350 branches and agents under the JN Money Transfer brand, which are spread out across the Caribbean, the US, Ghana, the UK, and Canada.

Customers located in Jamaica will also be rewarded, the company said.

Ten persons using the service get the chance to win mobile phones, a flat screen television as well as cash prizes.

Two charitable projects chosen by two of the winning customers will also receive $100,000 each from the organisation.

The competition is expected to run until September 30.

Local banking giant Scotiabank is another to announce giveaways to commemorate the country's 50th year.

To mark the milestone, 50 students across the island will receive scholarships totaling over $16 million.

In addition, customers won prizes and giveaways within the bank's branches up to last Friday, and entrepreneurs who produce Jamaican items had the opportunity to showcase their wares.

National Commercial Bank (NCB) customers were treated to tools and templates that should help them strategically plan their finances.

The bank launched its "Put Your Best Life Forward" campaign last week, also in commemoration of Jamaica's hallmark as well as to mark its 175th year.

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