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Issue 98
Jul 11 - Jul 18, 2021

Hi there,

Hope you had a great Sallah holiday!

Paystack is hiring! We're looking for a Sales Associate and an Inbound Sales Representative to help us build out a pipeline of some of the most ambitious businesses in South Africa. You can apply and share with your network here and here.

Enjoy the rest of your week and stay safe!

Folu Otubanjo
Product Specialist, Paystack
SomaliaVisa launches card payments service in Somalia. In partnership with the International Bank of Somalia, Visa has launched its card payment services in Somalia. The partnership aims to connect Somalia to the global financial system as well as signal international trust and confidence in transactions originating from Somalia.  Tech Cabal

This partnership means the International Bank of Somalia can now issue Visa cards to users. However, the payment landscape in Somali is dominated by mobile money, with 70% of Somalis already using mobile money services. Card issuing in Somalia is in itself not new but the impact of this new partnership is worth paying attention to. What effect will it have on adoption of card payments in the country?
AfricaAfrexim Bank pilots Pan-African Payments and Settlements System (PAPSS). The pilot is currently taking place in Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. PAPSS was designed by Afrexim Bank as a continent-wide payment system to facilitate payments for goods and services across countries within the continent in local currencies. Mobile Money Africa

Afrexim Bank is a pan-African bank made up of African governments, private, and institutional investors with the aim of facilitating cross-border trade across Africa. As mentioned in Issue 81, the launch of PAPSS presents a unique opportunity for African fintech companies (especially in the cross-payment space) to plug into the PAPSS infrastructure and permanently solve the problem of moving money across countries in Africa. 
NigeriaGetEquity secures capital to launch venture-funding platform GetEquity operates a platform that enables individuals to buy and sell equity in a listed startup. The Lagos-based startup announced a six-figure pre-seed funding round led by GreenHouse Capital, an African fintech investing platform. The funds will be used to launch the company's first product, a venture-funding platform that connects entrepreneurs to potential investors. African Heroes
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