Mastercard powers the launch of Banque du Caire and Telda’s prepaid card
By Edlyn Cardoza
Mastercard powers the launch of Telda prepaid cards, jointly issued by one of the major banks in Egypt and a FinTech. The innovative payment solution comes from a successful collaboration between Banque du Caire, one of the country’s leading financial institutions, and Telda, a fast-growing Egyptian FinTech start-up. With this launch, Egyptians with no bank account can issue their very own payment card from Telda, with a frictionless and seamless onboarding experience via Telda’s Mobile Application.
“We’re very excited to see the launch of Telda’s prepaid card, powered by Mastercard, and we’re proud to be part of the innovative payment solutions brought to market through successful collaborations between fintechs and financial institutions,” said Adam Jones, Country General Manager, MENA Central, Mastercard. “Financial inclusion is essential for the health and stability of the regional economy and has been a long-term mission for us in Egypt and the wider region. In providing a complete card payment experience, this launch will be another major step forward for those who currently do not have access to mainstream financial services.”
The announcement comes as the country pushes toward higher financial inclusion among the unbanked segments, a strategy boosted by Mastercard’s efforts to bring its payments solutions to all Egyptians, particularly those in the informal economy that need it most. Egypt boasts a financial inclusion rate of 56.2% among its population of around 102 million.
“We’re thrilled to launch our innovative and easy-to-use product in the Egyptian market. We strongly believe it will bring immense value to our users, while playing a key role in advancing the country’s transformation into a digital economy,” said Ahmed Sabbah, CEO & Co-Founder of Telda.
The Mastercard-powered card, launched by Banque du Caire and Telda, can be issued with a click of a button on the Telda mobile App, offering a more efficient banking experience for Millennials and Gen Z. The application’s simple and easy-to-use features allow customers to control their accounts and move funds in a few simple steps. It is hoped that Telda’s launch will create a ripple effect, which will see the millions of Egyptians currently not covered by banking services provided with access to the financial ecosystem.
“This launch is another step in our journey to providing innovative payment solutions as well as offering products that cater to the needs of the Egyptian unbanked community. Our Trio partnership also reinforces our expansion strategy with Mastercard towards youth by providing them an entirely new financial experience that enables them to ‘Send, Spend, and Save’ money all in one application,” stated Tarek Fayed, Banque du Caire’s Chairman and CEO.
Mohamed Tharwat, Banque du Caire’s Head of Retail Banking & Micro Finance, adds, “Telda users will be able to perform domestic and international transactions such as cash withdrawals, deposits, and online and in-store purchases. In addition for Telda application users accessibility to track their spendings and card control. The later comes in accordance with the guidance and in alignment with the Central Bank of Egypt’s vision towards increasing the financial literacy & financial Inclusion.”
IBS Intelligence had reported that Egypt’s largest national banks – Banque Misr, National Bank of Egypt, and Banque du Caire and Global Ventures, an MEA-focused venture capital firm announced the launch of Nclude by Global Ventures, following approval by the Central Bank of Egypt.
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