2018 is coming to its end and I would like to take a moment and share some of our highlights with you.
As we all know, digital transformation has become the new norm. High expectations from customers put financial institutions under pressure to deliver best-in-class experience throughout all digital customer touch points. Digital transformation is no more a one-off initiative, but a permanent state of being, with a future-proof digital strategy in place. Driving the next technical innovation, Software Group has created a digital banking platform following the principles of scalability, integrations, and configurability, with the sole purpose to help financial institutions grow and transform their businesses. Read more about the platform and its benefits here.
I am delighted to announce that our work in the financial inclusion space continues in full force as well. Together with BICS, an ICT company focused on the financial inclusion sector in Nigeria, we have launched a multi-tenant Agency Banking Platform. The solution unlocks the potential to onboard more than 400 financial institutions in Nigeria and supports the country in its goals to increase the financial inclusion rate to 80% by year 2020.
Our commitment and passion for what we do are also recognized around the world. Software Group Mexico was honored with the Distinctive Award for Socially Responsible Company by the Philanthropy Mexican Center (CEMEFI). Our local office was acknowledged for its significant efforts in the CSR field and implementing campaigns related to community and employee bonding reinforcement, improving environmental practices and working on the work-life balance of our team.
Software Group was invited as a guest in the first Bulgarian podcast ever published in the Financial Times. The leading global business media interviewed us for its World Tech Founders series. Arabic FinDev Gateway also featured our work in the MENA region and explored the potential for digital transformation and financial inclusion in the Arab World.
Last but not least, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for supporting us during this journey.
Wish you happy holidays and looking forward to continued success in 2019!