CIMB unveils EVA, the first-in-market chatbot for commercial banking in Malaysia

CIMB Bank Berhad and CIMB Islamic Bank Berhad (CIMB) introduced the CIMB EVA chatbot for small and medium enterprise (SME) customers, the first conversational style and real-time Commercial Banking chatbot in Malaysia.

EVA was developed in collaboration with, a Singapore-based AI financial technology company. The platform was developed to better support SME customers’ banking needs in a fast and secure manner.

Designed to simplify banking processes for SME customers, the EVA chatbot is effectively an electronic Relationship Manager.

It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can handle a large number of simultaneous queries from SMEs, with the help of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP).

Customers can expect instant and consistent answers to their questions on all SME products as well as COVID-19 relief programmes.

The chatbot offers the Eligibility Check feature to suggest the most suitable products, efficiently substituting lengthy communications and correspondences with the Bank’s representatives.

Customers also benefit from one contact point internally when they leave queries and their contact details, enabling a representative from CIMB to reach out to them directly.

The Chief Executive Officer of Group Commercial Banking, CIMB Group, Victor Lee Meng Teck said, the introduction of the EVA chatbot for Commercial Banking customers comes at an opportune time given the critical need for customers to bank safely during the pandemic.

“We hope this latest innovation will provide convenience to our SME customers as it acts as first-hand support in answering their queries without having to wait to speak to a Relationship Manager, thereby reducing turnaround time and providing a smoother experience for them.

“EVA will also support SMEs in their queries on selecting the most suitable financial relief assistance for their business needs,” he said.

The EVA chatbot is available to serve all customers on CIMB’s Business website. For more information, please visit




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