1. Paysafe study shows COVID-19 fueling online shift, payment preferences
  2. How the pandemic is solidifying contactless payments
  3. MoneyGram’s Walk-In Business Hit By Coronavirus As Digital Transactions Surge
  4. Visa says contactless use surged amid COVID-19
  5. MoMo Interoperability Grows by Over 350% in the first quarter of 2020
  6. Russia’s VTB Bank launches international card-to-card transfers
  7. Ghana Launches Africa’s First Universal QR-Code to Drive E-Payments
  8. IKEA Dubai to Allow Customers To Pay For Goods With Their Time
  9. Alibaba Extends $3B Loans to Coronavirus-Affected Firms
  10. ECG Prepaid Payments Goes Digital With Mobile App
  11. Ghanaians Urged to Embrace e-Payment as a lifestyle in 2020
  12. Africa’s Quiet Cashless Payments Revolution
  13. Ghana’s Payment System Is Challenged-Kweku Adoboli
  14. Dangers Of Large Currency Denomination Notes
  15. Bank of Ghana Introduces Higher-Denomination Banknotes and Coins
  16. Fintechs and MoMo Operators to Acquire License by June 2020-BoG
  17. GCB Bank To Issue Electronic Money
  18. Digitization Key to Formalizing Ghana’s Economy
  19. Google to Offer Checking Account
  20. Mobilemoney Interoperability Crosses GH¢90 billion
  21. Ghana to Launch a Universal QR-Code For Payments
  22. AirtelTigo Appoints New CEO
  23. Wirecard Acquires Chinese Payments Group for €109m
  24. Apple Pay Tops Mobile Payment Apps
  25. Verve Cards Launched in Ghana
  26. Ransomware Hits Billtrust
  27. The Catholic Church Launches Digital Rosary
  28. Payments Systems and Services Bill Passed
  29. GTBank Launches Virtual Cards to Promote Online Shopping
  30. MTN Ghana: “More Taxes Would Injure The Mobile Money Sector
  31. PwC Unveils New Tool For Auditing Crypto Transactions
  32. Bitcoin on Track For Best Second Quarter Price Gain
  33. Mobile Money Operators to Face Minimum Capital Requirement-Bank of Ghana
  34. Facebook Moves Towards Payments and E-commerce
  35. BoG to Enforce Rules on Cash Declaration at Kotoka International Airport
  36. India Moves to Ban Cryptocurrencies
  37. Fintech: Redefining Payments in Africa
  38. Ghana’s Tax Filing To Go Digital
  39. MTN Deepens Financial Inclusion For Women In Ghana
  40. Apple Launches a New Credit Card
  41. IT Consortium Is ISO 27001:2013 certified
  42. 8 Services You Don’t Know Exist On MTN Mobile Money
  43. Second phase of mobile money interoperability launched
  44. African Banks Must Work With Fintech Startups
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  1. Paysafe study shows COVID-19 fueling online shift, payment preferences
  2. How the pandemic is solidifying contactless payments
  3. MoneyGram’s Walk-In Business Hit By Coronavirus As Digital Transactions Surge
  4. Visa says contactless use surged amid COVID-19
  5. MoMo Interoperability Grows by Over 350% in the first quarter of 2020
  6. Russia’s VTB Bank launches international card-to-card transfers
  7. Ghana Launches Africa’s First Universal QR-Code to Drive E-Payments
  8. IKEA Dubai to Allow Customers To Pay For Goods With Their Time
  9. Alibaba Extends $3B Loans to Coronavirus-Affected Firms
  10. ECG Prepaid Payments Goes Digital With Mobile App
  11. Ghanaians Urged to Embrace e-Payment as a lifestyle in 2020
  12. Africa’s Quiet Cashless Payments Revolution
  13. Ghana’s Payment System Is Challenged-Kweku Adoboli
  14. Dangers Of Large Currency Denomination Notes
  15. Bank of Ghana Introduces Higher-Denomination Banknotes and Coins
  16. Fintechs and MoMo Operators to Acquire License by June 2020-BoG
  17. GCB Bank To Issue Electronic Money
  18. Digitization Key to Formalizing Ghana’s Economy
  19. Google to Offer Checking Account
  20. Mobilemoney Interoperability Crosses GH¢90 billion
  21. Ghana to Launch a Universal QR-Code For Payments
  22. AirtelTigo Appoints New CEO
  23. Wirecard Acquires Chinese Payments Group for €109m
  24. Apple Pay Tops Mobile Payment Apps
  25. Verve Cards Launched in Ghana
  26. Ransomware Hits Billtrust
  27. The Catholic Church Launches Digital Rosary
  28. Payments Systems and Services Bill Passed
  29. GTBank Launches Virtual Cards to Promote Online Shopping
  30. MTN Ghana: “More Taxes Would Injure The Mobile Money Sector
  31. PwC Unveils New Tool For Auditing Crypto Transactions
  32. Bitcoin on Track For Best Second Quarter Price Gain
  33. Mobile Money Operators to Face Minimum Capital Requirement-Bank of Ghana
  34. Facebook Moves Towards Payments and E-commerce
  35. BoG to Enforce Rules on Cash Declaration at Kotoka International Airport
  36. India Moves to Ban Cryptocurrencies
  37. Fintech: Redefining Payments in Africa
  38. Ghana’s Tax Filing To Go Digital
  39. MTN Deepens Financial Inclusion For Women In Ghana
  40. Apple Launches a New Credit Card
  41. IT Consortium Is ISO 27001:2013 certified
  42. 8 Services You Don’t Know Exist On MTN Mobile Money
  43. Second phase of mobile money interoperability launched
  44. African Banks Must Work With Fintech Startups

Fintechs are proving to be game changers in Africa by transforming service delivery, with greater efficiency. The sector is courting foreign investors; last year, African tech startups raised investment worth US$334.5mn, with Nigeria, South Africa and Kenya being the principal recipients, according to African Startups Funding Report 2018.

Wide ranges of services are now accessible to millions of Africans at a fingertip, thanks to ubiquity of the mobile phone. Fintech providers are leveraging economies of density and reliable network to expand their portfolio of services.

Some of the services include remittances, insurance premiums (Lesotho), pension payments (Ghana), investing in Government securities (Kenya), or stock markets, paying utility bills and receiving wages, as well as buying goods and services online. Some providers even allow households to borrow electricity on monthly instalments, thus avoiding blackout.

Recently, Safaricom has secured a deal with ‘AliExpress.com’ owned by Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. This will allow M-Pesa users to do online shopping on one of many Alibaba’s platforms. “The move targets microtraders in Kenya who source goods and other supplies from manufacturers in China,” Safaricom said in a press statement.

South African payments firm, Wizzit provides micro-finance products to more than seven-million people in 13 SSA countries since its formation in 2004 in partnership with the World Bank Group. Its customers can obtain micro-loans via cellphones for either private or business use.

Zoona, Zambian-based mobile payments firm with a customer base of two million has processed more than US$2bn in transactions since it launched in 2009. It has built a distribution network of Zoona Agents in 10 countries (mostly in southern Africa) to convert electronic value to cash and vice versa, in high-traffic areas such as bus stations, markets and shopping centres.

 

Source: IMF Financial Access Survey

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