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Eurogiro News is a magazine for the promotion of information, ideas and knowledge within the Eurogiro community and is published quarterly by:

Eurogiro A/S Telegade 1, 1. DK – 2630 Taastrup Denmark

Editor-in-Chief: Tjeerd Rienstra

Production & subscription manager: Hanne S. Basset

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Final editing: May 2011 ISSN: 1727-7450

20 June 2011

IAMTN Money Transfer Conference in Moscow, Russia

21 – 23 June 2011

The Pochtovaya Troika Conference in Skt. Petersburg, Russia

25 – 29 July 2011

APPU Executive Committee meeting in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

19 – 23 September 2011

SIBOS 2011 in Toronto, Canada

Activity Calendar Summer/Autumn 2011

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schedule. Furthermore, the TOC has an in-house power generator for emergency pur-poses. However, we have to secure sufficient fuel to provide for any prolonged blackouts.

Necessity of saving electricity for the summer

The Japanese government plans to urge all organisations to reduce electricity consump-tion by 15% for the coming summer when demand for electricity is expected to increase. The JPB is now considering some measures to cut electricity which also will have an impact to the Eurogiro connection.

Thanks to Eurogiro A/S

Eurogiro have been informing member countries of the situation relating to the JPB Eurogiro service. In terms of the IT system, the Eurogiro Servicedesk has had extended focus set up to handle the situation. Any transactions sent to JPB go into “retry” mode

and are automatically delivered once JPB is online again. Thanks to this IT setting, send-ing Eurogiro members have no need for any special actions.

Anticipated effects on JPB Eurogiro payments

Although adverse effects on JPB Eurogiro service may occur, the JPB will do its utmost to try to maintain normal business. Possible adverse effects on the JPB Eurogiro service regarding outgoing payments, due to electric-ity shortages at the TOC, may result in delays in sending envelopes overseas. In addition, answers to inquiries by overseas Eurogiro partners might take more time than usual. Electricity shortages at the branch/post office may result in delays in mailing applications to the TOC. As for the incoming payments, the electricity shortages at the TOC may result in delays in mailing money orders to payees or depositing to payee’s accounts.

JPB Eurogiro Contingency Plans

In 2010, we set up a Disaster Recovery (DR) site in Yokohama Operation Centre (YOC). Data between TOC and YOC is synchronized each hour.

Two different cases for BCP

The Contingency Plan takes into consider-ation two different situations:

1) break- down of the Production ELS and 2) disaster at the TOC when neither the Pro-duction ELS nor the Test ELS operate. In the case of 1), we usually switch to Test ELS or repair the ELS Production system and it would be fairly easy to continue business. However, if it will take more than 48 hours to repair the ELS Production system, the sec-ond contingency case 2) will be activated. In this situation, the switching process from the Production system to the DR system would be required. In addition, staff at the TOC that have more expertise in Eurogiro system than those at the in YOC should be dispatched to the DR site.

Make BCP feasible with further im-provements

In order to make the Contingency Plan feasi-ble, simulating training should be practiced at least once a year. During the simulating train-ing, we can check how to report to relevant parties and so on. Results could bring some fresh ideas into the Contingency Plan. 3

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Hiromitsu Nishida from Japan Post Bank explains the impact of the Japan earthquake during the Eurogiro Com-munity Meeting in Warsaw

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