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Mastercard & Zanzibar e-Government Agency join forces for digital transformation

By Delisha Fernandes

August 23, 2023

  • Credit Cards
  • Digital Payments
  • Digital Strategy
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Mastercard, Zanzibar government, Digital strategy , mobile payments, credit cards, e-wallets, digital transformation, digital payments, FinTech news, FinTech news Tanzania, zanzibar islandsMastercard has collaborated with the Zanzibar e-Government Agency (eGAZ) to support and accelerate the digital transformation journey.

This partnership  will allow different sectors across the Zanzibar islands, including tourism, to digitise payments, significantly contributing to robust economic growth.

“The like-minded collaboration between Mastercard and the Zanzibar e-Government Agency will help power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere in Zanzibar. It is a testament to the profound impact of digitisation and builds on Mastercard’s global experience in enabling digital transformation and demonstrating the value of fostering cross-sector collaboration, fuelling economic growth, and facilitating financial and digital inclusion,” said Shehryar Ali, Country Manager, East Africa, Mastercard.

The strategy’s main objective is Zanzibar’s transformation into a strong digital economy which will secure digital systems, drive innovative information, communication and technology solutions and develop training for digital governance, ultimately reshaping public services.

Mastercard will provide technical assistance and expertise to support the Zanzibar government’s efforts. This includes solutions like Mastercard Payment Gateway Services (MPGS), which enables merchants to accept various payment methods, including mobile payments, credit cards, and e-wallets.

Said Seif Said, Managing Director, Zanzibar e-Government Agency (eGAZ), said, “This collaboration affirms our commitment to harnessing innovative technologies for service delivery enhancement. We believe that by working with Mastercard, a trusted partner, we can significantly accelerate the realisation of our digital strategy and provide invaluable benefits to our citizens.”

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