SOURCE: UC Hub Group, Inc

February 21, 2006 13:11 ET

UC Hub Subsidiary eSAFE Completes Deal With Western Union Agent, SNC Finances of Ivory Coast Republic Revolutionizing Virtual Banking in Africa

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2006 -- UC Hub Group, Inc, a publicly traded company on the OTC bulletin board (OTC BB: UCHB), announced today that their wholly owned subsidiary, eSAFE Inc, and SNC Finances SA, a public limited company based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast Republic), Africa and partners have signed a deal through eSAFE that will provide a pre-paid (re-loadable and up-gradable) gift card to the Western African Region with a population of 260 million people.

SNC Finances, headed by Mr. Ouedraogo Madi, operates over 100 Western Union locations on the Ivory Coast and in the country of Burkina Faso, with another 600 POS locations in over 23 countries in Western and Central Africa. Also, with strategic partner, Amadeus, a worldwide travel agent they perform more than 37% of the entire transfer in the Ivory Coast region and over 63% in Abidjan. Larry Wilcox, Founder and CEO of UC Hub Group, states, "The Company is excited about expanding the 'Virtual Banking' capability of eSAFE to another Continent and we look forward to the strategic relationship with SNC Finances and partners." eSAFE expects to begin shipping the card products within the next 10-14 days to the Ivory Coast in West Africa. "The ability to process these International deals is another differentiator," Mr. Wilcox continued, "and we will continue to expand this International Virtual Banking frontier as quickly as possible to assist in developing nations that need our combined software packages that enhance one's ability to engage and cross the digital divide."

eSAFE offers a combination of products and services, which include but are not limited to, generic and private labeled stored value card programs, web and merchant services, payroll cards, gift cards, flagged and non-flagged MasterCard and Visa cards, patented loyalty programs, cell phone and PDA transaction porting, bill pay and loading stations. In the United States, the card is accepted in over 30 million POS or merchant locations and nearly 1 million ATM locations worldwide where the Plus and STAR systems are accepted. The card is a very convenient way to take payroll, distribute per diem, and distribute gifts and/or allowances without having to actually have one's own bank account -- as the card is, in some ways, a surrogate bank account.

About eSAFE Inc:

eSAFE Cards is a wholly owned subsidiary of UC Hub (OTC BB: UCHB). eSAFE Cards will offer both MasterCard and Visa branded cards, and non-flagged ATM cards which can be generic or private labeled for the affinity group or city. eSAFE hopes to promote the economic loyalty benefits of the card as fundraising tools for Communities and Affinity Groups domestically and internationally.

About UC Hub Group Inc (OTC BB: UCHB):

Founded in 1999, UC Hub engages in the distribution of digital services with a focus on financial and municipal transactions. UC Hub presently has 10 municipalities using its proprietary software for municipal governments and has online payment and agent tracking software. For further information visit

Safe Harbor statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: The statement in this release relating to completion of the acquisition and the positive direction are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Some or all of the results anticipated by these forward-looking statements may not occur. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to, contractual difficulties which may arise, the failure to implement eSAFE on a national or international scale, the future market price of UC Hub common stock and UC Hub's ability to obtain the necessary financing.

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