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airpay forays into the Middle East and Africa

By Leandra Monteiro

May 05, 2023

  • Africa
  • Airpay
  • Contactless Payment
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airpayairpay, an Indian integrated financial services platform, announced its aggressive overseas growth plans, riding on its strategic entry into Africa and the Middle East. The company expects a revenue share of 30% from its strategic overseas play by 2025.

The company recently forayed into the United Republic of Tanzania through a formal engagement with the Ministry of State President’s Office of Labour, Economic and Investment in Zanzibar. airpay intends to contribute to the Government’s ambitious Zanzibar Vision 2050 by creating awareness about the digital payments’ ecosystem and empowering merchants and customers through its integrated offerings.

Commenting on the collaboration, Kunal Jhunjhunwala, Founder and Managing Director, airpay, said, “We are proud to take our Made in India technology to the world by formally entering the United Republic of Tanzania. I want to thank the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar for their support and trust in our capabilities as a long-term digital-first financial empowerment ecosystem provider. Given its huge untapped economic potential, demographic factors, mineral reserves, and proximity to the major developed countries, we believe the future belongs to Africa. As a strategic partner, we would enable the Government to transform its digitally inclusive payment goals into a digital-first financial services ecosystem.”

“Zanzibar as a government is pleased to receive our techpreneurs and thrilled at the vision that airpay, alongside its local partner Twigalpha, has for Zanzibar and Africa as a whole. This initiative fortifies the government’s belief and leadership of His Excellency President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, Dr. Hussein Mwinyi, to attract world-class technology companies to build a world-class digital hub in Zanzibar that will be a catalytic force for technological innovation and transformation for Africa,” said Honourable Mudrik R. Soraga, Minister of State President’s Offices Labour, Economic Affairs and Investment during his inaugural address at the seminar.

As per the United Nations Secretary General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA), Tanzania has improved significantly in terms of financial inclusion over the last decade. As per the 2021 World Bank Global Findex, the number of financially included adults (aged 15+) increased substantially to 52% in 2021 from 17% in 2011.

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