WILLEMSTAD–RBC Royal Bank announced the closure of its branch on Jan Noorduynweg in Curaçao, as is the case with the Simpson Bay branch in St, Maarten (see Saturday paper).
This means the bank is going back to just one branch on all the Dutch Caribbean islands. The others will soon be merged with the head offices called “flagship affiliates” by RBC.
The staff was informed last week Tuesday about these major changes, said spokesperson Hanneke Stomp-Hansen. “We expect the impact on our employees to be minimal through this merger.”
RBC Dutch Caribbean, also located in Bonaire and Saba, currently has around 360 employees.
“We have been working for some time on a transformation and innovation process within RBC in the Caribbean, but also worldwide. Our sector, like many other sectors, is changing rapidly. Our customers’ behaviour is also constantly changing, and banking matters and needs are increasingly regulated digitally, online and via our ATMs,” she explained.
“After a thorough evaluation and based on the changing needs and behaviour of our customers, we have decided to merge our branches in Aruba, Curaçao and St. Maarten with the respective head offices in Sasaki, Rooi Catootje and Philipsburg.
“The competitive landscape is changing, and traditional banking services are also being challenged by technological innovations and digitisation. By investing in new technology and digital opportunities, we ensure that the bank is well-positioned to be able to serve customers in the region for many years to come.”
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/87666-rbc-bank-to-one-branch-per-island