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KCB and Mastercard partner to expand payments in East Africa

By Delisha Fernandes

February 27, 2024

  • Cross Border Remittances
  • E-commerce Payments
  • FinTech Africa
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Mastercard, One GlobalMastercard has announced its partnership with KCB Bank in order to provide its customers across the East African region with optimised payment systems.

 The payment solutions will be rolled out in Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. Customers will enjoy exclusive benefits ranging from a wide spectrum of Mastercard payment solutions including premium World and World Elite cards, youth pre-paid, and corporate cards.

In addition, cardholders will be able to perform a range of transactions including e-commerce payments, cross-border remittances, QR, and Tap on phone solutions.

Paul Russo, CEO KCB Group, said, “We want to tap technology and our expertise to revolutionize how our customers in East Africa access our financial services. This collaboration is also part of our commitment to continually extend a variety of benefits to them while at the same time shaping the future of commerce and forging new paths for inclusive economic growth.”

This collaboration provides the requisite resources to achieve a shared ambition that accelerates the speed of payment innovation in the East African payments space and places the consumers’ needs at the center of this engagement. It builds on KCB Group’s existing capabilities to provide innovative offering for all its cardholders, delivering a simplified core product proposition, and optimized digital experience.   

“Mastercard and KCB Group share a passion and commitment to accelerate digital transformation and financial inclusion across Kenya and the greater region. We have collaborated to build an innovative, inclusive, and sustainable future in payments, grounded in the shared values of advancing the communities we both serve. We are delighted to partner and deliver a differentiated value proposition for both individual and SME businesses that will drive new payment experiences and increased financial access across East Africa,” said Mark Elliott, Division President for Sub-Saharan Africa at Mastercard.

This agreement will set the pace for an evolved and transparent payment system across the region, scaling simple and locally relevant digital solutions to both consumers and small, mid-sized, and micro businesses.

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