KATHMANDU, NEPAL - Two mountaineers, Horacio Galanti and Horacio Cunietti, on an environmental expedition to the Himalayas have made history by conducting the world's first stock trade at the Mount Everest South Base Camp at 5,364 metres with Standard Chartered 's mobile banking app, Breeze Trade.
The mountaineers are following in the footsteps of climbing greats, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, on the 60th anniversary of Mount Everest being first summited. During this epic journey, they are attempting to summit Mount Everest, demonstrate the power of mobile technology in extreme environments and help in the recovery of debris left behind on the highest peak on planet earth. The duo are aiming to climb into the Guinness Book of World Records for making banking transactions at high altitude.
Mr Aman Narain, Standard Chartered's Group Head of Digital Banking, said: "The stock order from Mount Everest Base Camp represents a first for the banking industry - demonstrating the power of mobile technology and the versatility of our suite of Breeze mobile banking and lifestyle apps. We congratulate our two Horacios on their amazing journey so far and successful transaction proving yet again that with Standard Chartered Breeze, it is possible to bank anytime, anywhere."
Mr Ashley Veasey, Standard Chartered's Chief Information Officer, Hong Kong,said:"Standard Chartered is proud to be associated with this Himalayan expedition which celebrates the capability of human endeavor to go above and beyond to meet our greatest potential. The world's first ever stock order at Base Camp for 50 Standard Chartered shares ( 2888:HK ) from the Hong Kong Stock Exchange symbolises the Bank's innovation leadership to go above and beyond customer expectations. We wish our two Horacios the best of luck as they continue to journey to the top of the world on Mount Everest."
Standard Chartered has been digitising its banking services to deliver innovations which address the needs of our globally connected, socially networked customers who are on-the-go. The Bank's suite of banking and lifestyle apps, including Breeze Banking, Breeze Home, Breeze Good Life and Breeze Trade, provide a differentiated mobile banking solution to customers. More than 1 million users around the world have downloaded Breeze.