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New Data on the e-Levy in Ghana: Unpopular Tax on Mobile Money Transfers is Hitting the Poor Hardest

“Ghana’s introduction of a a 1.5% tax on mobile money transactions in May 2022 has been watched closely by policymakers across Africa. The proponents of the electronic transaction levy (e-levy) argue that taxes on mobile money — commonly referred to in Ghana as MoMo — present an opportunity for cash-strapped governments to raise funds in the complex […]
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Firm Partners Mastercard on Phone Payments for SMEs in Africa

“Prophius has announced the rollout of its PayContactless solution, enabling small businesses to accept contactless payments through their NFC-enabled Android phones. The move is expected to boost digital payments acceptance for small and micro enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda and other key markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, while supporting consumers’ preference for safe and […]
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Brazil’s Ebanx Expands into Africa with Eye on Mobile Money

“Brazilian fintech company Ebanx S.A. on Tuesday said it has expanded into Africa, where it hopes to replicate its fast growth in Latin America by placing a greater emphasis on the digital payments side of its business. The company started operations in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria in late August amid soaring demand for payments […]
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Safaricom Launches Interest-Free Loans for Buying Goods

“Safaricom has unveiled a zero-interest credit service that will allow millions of its customers to shop for goods up to Sh100,000 and pay later in a move that is set to disrupt the mobile loans market. Users of the interest-free product to be known as Faraja will buy goods and services from as low as […]
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South Africa is Introducing a New Banking Payment System This Year

“The South African Reserve Bank is working on a new Rapid Payments Programme (RPP) which is set to significantly shake up payments in South Africa. The programme, which is mentioned in the central bank’s 2022 annual report, forms part of the SARB’s ‘vision 2025’ plan as an industry-led payments modernisation initiative. The SARB noted that […]
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Nigeria’s Cryptocurrency Problem has Central Bank Scrambling

“When early in April the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) penalised six top banks a total of N1.3bn ($3.1m) for violating its directive against facilitating transactions in cryptocurrencies, it was the latest sign that the country’s crypto problem won’t easily go away. Access Bank got the biggest fine of N500m, followed by FCMB with N400m […]