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Thunes & Visa team to expand payment solutions across Asia and Africa

By Gloria Mathias

March 22, 2024

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Smartcash PSB, Thunes, mobile wallets, naira, Central Bank of Nigeria, account numbers, remittances naira, digital wallets, FinTech news, FinTech Africa, Visa, Fintech News, Digital Payments, Payouts, eWallets, Africa Fintech, Asia Fintech , Thunes, a cross-border payments company, has announced its strategic collaboration with Visa, aimed at enabling new endpoints in key markets across Asia and Africa.

This new collaboration includes Visa tapping into Thunes’ network to send payments to over 108 digital wallet types and bank accounts throughout countries in Africa and Asia, including Kenya, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Pakistan. In addition, Thunes is implementing Visa Direct’s push-to-card capability, to enable payouts made to eligible Visa cards and accounts across 190+ countries and territories.

Visa projects a $200 trillion market for global money movement flows (inclusive of B2B, B2C, P2P, and government disbursements) and is expanding its collaboration with Thunes to enable payouts to digital wallets and bank accounts as a core part of its plan to achieve that growth.

Digital wallets are an easy-to-use, rapid, and secure payment method that is surging in popularity. More than 60% of the world’s population is expected to use them by 2026.

This latest initiative builds on existing collaborations between the two companies. Visa and Thunes first partnered in October 2022 to extend Visa Direct’s reach to 1.5 billion wallets, and Thunes announced its Series C extension round in July 2023, with Visa as a key investor.

“At Visa, we’re building the infrastructure to enable our partners to move money from any endpoint to any endpoint, seamlessly. Broadening both our reach and number of endpoints more than 8.5B today—is crucial to achieving that goal. Together with Thunes, we’re broadening the payment ecosystem by connecting to bank accounts, cards, and wallets, ultimately bringing more streamlined payout capabilities to our joint clients,” shared Chris Newkirk, Global Head of Commercial & Money Movement Solutions at Visa.

“Our partnership with Visa is more than just a financial investment. We’re engaging with each other’s networks, corridors, and payment methods as payments continue to digitise. There is a crystal clear, untapped opportunity for B2B cross-border payments at scale, and Thunes is delighted to work with Visa to enable these new payment flows,” shared Floris de Kort, CEO of Thunes.

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