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JointPesa launches an escrow-based e-commerce platform. Kenyan-based JointPesa has partnered with Finserve Africa, a financial solutions provider, to launch an escrow-based e-commerce platform. The platform seeks to facilitate secure transactions between buyers and sellers by providing real-time escrow services that enhance trust in local digital payments. Mobile Money Africa
Flutterwave acquires a license to operate in Rwanda. Nigerian fintech startup, Flutterwave, has obtained a license from the Bank of Rwanda to commence operations in Rwanda. This announcement comes a few weeks after the startup raised $35million in Series B funding. Guardian Nigeria
MoneyGram introduces FastSend for payments to mobile phone numbers. MoneyGram has partnered with Visa to launch FastSend, a real-time money transfer feature. Using FastSend, customers can send money deposit instructions to a recipient's phone number. The recipient then connects their debit card to FastSend and remits the sent funds into their bank account using Visa Direct. Finextra
Why did MoneyGram choose Visa over Ripple for FastSend? Alex Saunders (@AlexSaundersAU) sparks a conversation in this Twitter thread over MoneyGram's decision to partner with Visa for FastSend over Ripple, the cryptocurrency-based settlement and remittance service that has invested about $50m in MoneyGram.
How the Internet Protocol of the internet compares to crypto. Ali Yahya (@AliYahya), a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, outlines the simple but significant role of the Internet Protocol (IP) layer in the exponential growth of the internet. He then compares this to the growing application of blockchain technologies in this brilliant Twitter thread.
Ecobank partners with Alipay for cross-border payment service. Ecobank has partnered with Alipay, the international mobile payments company, to provide cross-border payment services through Ecobank's RapidTransfer service. With this partnership, customers receiving international payments via Alipay can now accept funds in their local bank accounts using RapidTransfer. This partnership is subject to regulatory approvals. Nairametrics
We previously reported that Alipay partnered with World Remit in Issue 39. It's interesting to see all the moves Alipay is making in the remittance industry.
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Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) reports a decline in mobile money tax revenue. Doris Akol, head of the URA, has reported a significant loss in tax revenue estimated at Ush30.5 billion (~ $8.17m) as Ugandans have made the shift from mobile money to agency banking. This comes after the URA imposed a 0.5% tax on mobile money withdrawals in 2018. Mobile Money Africa