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Ugandan e-commerce platforms power recovery from COVID-19 crisis
08-08-2020 | 08:02:00
David Akanshumbusha sells groceries at a stall in Nakawa market on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital, Kampala.
[Ethiopia] Bank of Abyssinia and visa launch e commerce acquiring business using cybersource payment technology
06-08-2020 | 15:13:00
Bank of Abyssinia, BoA, has become the First Bank in Ethiopia to implement Visa CyberSource payment gateway to drive e-commerce acquiring business.
AfDB's Fashionomics Africa help designers embrace digital age entrepreneurship
04-08-2020 | 06:59:31
From a new digital marketplace to connect Africa’s creatives with global markets, to masterclasses to help designers share and learn, and webinars to inform and inspire, AfDB's Fashionomics Africa initiative has taken great strides this year.
Mastercard develops global sustainable card programme to address consumers’ concerns
30-07-2020 | 09:14:49
More than three quarters of people say they are “very concerned” about the environment and feel companies should be doing more to address their impact on the planet.
Network International set to acquire Africa payment service provider DPO Group
29-07-2020 | 08:31:00
Network International, an enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa is set to acquire 100 per cent stake in Africa Online commerce platform operating across 19 countries DPO Group.
Mobile money cushions Uganda in the wake of COVID-19
28-07-2020 | 17:12:15
Uganda has embraced the digitalisation of the economy. In a society traditionally run by cash, people across the country have flocked to e-commerce platforms for contactless payments and purchases.
Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative selects Top 50 Finalists of 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes Competition
27-07-2020 | 09:05:00
The 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition has shortlisted the top 50 finalists from stage one of the selection process.
[Kenya] Mastercard partners with mobile platforms to offer exclusive discounts to consumers shopping from home
22-07-2020 | 06:23:20
Mastercard is partnering with key entertainment, shopping and delivery platforms to provide cardholders with exclusive offers when shopping from home, including free deliveries.
[South Africa] Vodacom Financial Services to create new easy-to-use app with Alipay as technology provider
20-07-2020 | 11:27:00
Vodacom Financial Services has announced a technology partnership with Alipay to bring inclusive mobile solutions to South African consumers and merchants through innovative digital technologies.
Clickatell launches digital contact center targeting the $1.3 trillion call center industry
16-07-2020 | 08:44:00
Clickatell has announced the launch of Chat Desk, a digital contact center solution that helps agents resolve customer queries and obtain customer insights in real-time.
GreenTec invests in Nigerian wholesale e-commerce platform Pricepally
14-07-2020 | 14:35:00
GreenTec Capital Partners has announced its investment in Pricepally, an innovative digital Nigerian wholesale platform allowing users to purchase food and other products either individually or as a part of a group.
Mastercard, Visa and American Express expand click to pay service globally
10-07-2020 | 06:46:00
American Express, Discover, Mastercard and Visa have announced they are each beginning technical preparations for global expansion of the Click to Pay online checkout.
[Column] Mukhisa Kituyi: The intricacies, impact and opportunities of e-commerce for trade and development
23-06-2020 | 14:08:46
The world is increasingly going digital. This creates both opportunities and challenges, calling for changes to existing policies and adoption of new policies in many areas.
Amazon creates 3,000 new virtual customer service jobs in South Africa
22-06-2020 | 13:08:00
Amazon announced the creation of 3,000 new virtual jobs in Customer Service in South Africa this year.
[Column] Vukani Mngxati: How will South Africa businesses handle the digital commerce crush
12-06-2020 | 13:23:08
COVID-19 is a global pandemic, evolving at unprecedented speed and scale. It is creating a universal imperative for governments and organisations to take immediate action to protect their people.
[South Africa] Netcash partners with Mastercard to launch QR code billing service for SMEs
12-06-2020 | 13:15:52
South Africa’s payment solutions provider Netcash has collaborated with Mastercard to launch Quick Response (QR) code payments across its multi-channel billing platform.
COVID-19 triggers acceleration towards cashless, digital economies
11-06-2020 | 13:22:00
The spread of COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of mobile financial services, which are increasingly being recognised as a tool to mitigate the use of cash in a world fighting the highly contagious virus.
Jim Herbert appointed BigCommerce General Manager, EMEA
11-06-2020 | 07:17:00
Leading open SaaS ecommerce platform for fast-growing and established brands BigCommerce announced that Jim Herbert has joined the company as vice president and general manager for EMEA region.
Sudan joins UN’s Better Than Cash Alliance to drive financial inclusion and transparency
10-06-2020 | 14:35:03
As part of its vision to transform its economy, the Republic of Sudan has announced a new commitment to accelerate the transition from cash to digital payments.
WorldRemit partners with Mukuru to grow remittance services in Zimbabwe
10-06-2020 | 06:47:00
Mukuru, one of Africa’s largest remittance providers, has announced a partnership with global online money transfer service WorldRemit to facilitate money transfers to Zimbabwe from across the globe.
DHL acquires minority stake in Link Commerce strengthening African e-commerce
04-06-2020 | 07:29:57
DHL Express has announced its minority stake acquisition in Link Commerce, the UK-based e-commerce firm that helped the logistics company develop its hugely successful DHL Africa eShop platform.
South Africa’s Mama Money expands global reach with Western Union
29-05-2020 | 07:19:04
Western Union and South Africa's Mama Money have joined forces to enable Mama Money customers to send money to their loved ones around the world via Western Union’s Global Network.
Digital payments simplify cash-flow for Ghana rural farmers
22-05-2020 | 06:31:43
A\n initiative to experiment on the use of digital wallets Ghana has proven that use of mobile money can make delivery of financial services to farmers much cheaper and less risky.
Mastercard to connect one billion people, 50 million small businesses, 25 million women entrepreneurs to the digital economy by 2025
18-05-2020 | 14:12:38
Mastercard has expanded its worldwide commitment to financial inclusion, pledging to bring a total of 1 billion people and 50 million micro and small businesses into the digital economy by 2025.
Standard Bank launches digitized Escrow service in South Africa
15-05-2020 | 07:21:00
Standard Bank has launched a digitized Escrow solution, an online service that has been designed to protect individuals from risks associated with buying or selling goods or services from unknown individuals.
[South Africa] Bidorbuy, Huawei partner to make app accessible to Huawei mobile device users
11-05-2020 | 12:42:00
As part of the company’s future-forward strategy and goal of reducing the barrier to entry for all its customers bidorbuy has partnered with Huawei to migrate the bidorbuy app to the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) platform.
Tanzania, Malawi prepare to reap benefits of digital economy
09-05-2020 | 11:03:00
Tanzania is well-positioned to integrate into the global digital economy, thanks to its growing economy and a rapidly developing innovation ecosystem, a new UNCTAD assessment says.
[Ghana] Poultry project keeps market for local Chicken active amid COVID-19
08-05-2020 | 08:37:00
Poultry producers in Ghana are exploring new ways to facilitate training and conduct business online, while restrictions from the global outbreak of COVID-19 threaten to disrupt their livelihoods.
[Kenya] Silafrica launches the first smart crates in Africa for Twiga Foods
07-05-2020 | 13:55:00
Silafrica has announced it is introducing the Smart Crate Technology for Twiga Foods, a Kenyan company.
GreenTec invests in Ghana's Sumundi
06-05-2020 | 11:06:00
GreenTec Capital announces its investment in Ghana’s Sumundi, an innovative digital retail management platform designed to help retailers manage, grow, and sustain their businesses.
Mauritius to set up technical team to review local industrial sector
29-04-2020 | 10:43:00
Mauritius will set up a technical team to conduct a review of the industrial sector in the country, as well as propose recommendations for the consolidation of the local industry.
DPO Group and Mastercard partner to help Africa businesses move online
29-04-2020 | 07:42:00
DPO Group, has launched an e-commerce store. Powered by Mastercard’s payments gateway technology, the platform will enable merchants across Africa to move their businesses online.
[Nigeria] Rensource launches digital distribution platform targeting SMEs
25-04-2020 | 13:35:00
Rensource, a Nigeria-based provider of merchant infrastructure, has launched a digital platform, Merchlist, that helps small and medium-sized retailers get discovered quickly.
Western Union expands global real-time payments network
24-04-2020 | 08:25:00
Western Union, a leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, announced continued expansion of its Global Network for real-time money-movement and payments.
[Column] Stefan Nalletamby: COVID-19 bolsters case for technology-based economic resilience
15-04-2020 | 08:19:23
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have a devastating impact globally, the African continent, while less affected, is preparing to undergo its own severe social and economic crisis.
Jumia donates 100,000 masks to support Community Health Workers fight COVID-19 in Kenya
09-04-2020 | 13:38:00
Leading eCommerce platform Jumia donated 100,000 masks to Kenya's Ministry of Health to support community health workers, who are on the front line responding to suspected and confirmed cases of COVID19
Free Senegal and Comviva partner on mobile money service
08-04-2020 | 08:48:00
Free, Senegal's second largest mobile network operator, has deployed mobiquity® Money to enhance its mobile money service 'Free Money' and deliver a world class digital payments experience to its customers.
Mastercard increases contactless payment limits in Middle East and Africa
07-04-2020 | 11:16:53
Mastercard says it is championing efforts to increase contactless payment limits across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region as people look for safer ways to pay in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
[South Africa] Standard Bank invests in 2 African tech start-ups
07-04-2020 | 07:52:00
Standard Bank Group, the largest African bank by assets, has announced two new technology start-ups who have been selected and accepted into the Founders Factory Africa (FFA) Venture Scale programme.
Adobe launches first digital economy index
06-04-2020 | 14:54:56
Adobe has launched a digital economy index, the pioneer real-time metric of the digital economy that examines trillions of online transactions across 100 million product.
There are more than one billion mobile money accounts worldwide, GSMA report
01-04-2020 | 14:14:59
GSMA has unveiled the annual ‘State of the Industry Report on Mobile Money’, showing the impact that greater financial inclusion has on lives, economies and innovation.
Western Union expands digital services to 75 countries
01-04-2020 | 14:10:07
Western Union has announced the expansion of its digital money transfer services, the fastest-growing part of its business in 2019, to over 75 countries.
Jumia announces actions to support governments’ fight against COVID-19 in Africa
31-03-2020 | 10:02:56
Africa’s e-Commerce platform, Jumia, has offered the support of its integrated ecosystem which includes a marketplace, logistics and online payments to governments in Africa.
[Kenya] Safaricom partners with public transport sector players to collect fares through M-pesa
27-03-2020 | 06:19:04
Safaricom has rolled out a partnership with public transport sector players to accept cashless payments through M-PESA in the ongoing battle to combat the spread of the Coronavirus.
WorldRemit partners with Paykii to enable international bill payments
26-03-2020 | 09:31:00
Online international money transfer company WorldRemit has joined forces with Paykii to launch international bill payments using the WorldRemit app or website.
[Startup Interview] Cyrus Mulinge, CEO, Trots Technologies, Kenya
24-03-2020 | 14:37:00
Africa Business Communities interviews the Cyrus Mulinge, the CEO of Trots Technologies, a Kenyan based mobile commerce platform.
Tuskys, Amref Health Africa partner in response to Coronavirus threat in Kenya
24-03-2020 | 09:34:00
Local retailer Tuskys, and Amref Health Africa in Kenya have announced a working partnership leveraging mutual capacities to manage the Coronavirus threat in the country.
Jumia and Reckitt Benckiser partner to provide consumers access to hygiene products in Africa
18-03-2020 | 11:46:00
Africa’s e-commerce platform Jumia has announced a major partnership with Reckitt Benckiser, the global health products manufacturer to help consumers access hygienic products at the lowest price.
Samsung and Mastercard to enable digital access to consumers and small businesses in emerging markets
13-03-2020 | 11:05:00
Mastercard has announced a global partnership with Samsung to enable digital access to consumers and small businesses in emerging markets through its extensible Pay on Demand platform.
IrisGuard, partners launch mobile payment cash transfer platform for refugees in Egypt
12-03-2020 | 08:35:00
IrisGuard UK Ltd has announced the deployment of its revolutionary EyePay® Cash mobile platform enabling refugees in Egypt to receive their financial aid assistance via iris identification.
[Kenya] Jumia launches Tech Week Campaign
12-03-2020 | 05:38:00
The campaign which will run from 16th – 27th March will see customers visiting the Jumia website to secure deals on phones, computing, televisions, games and consoles, cameras and other accessories.
Orange launches mobile money service in Morocco
10-03-2020 | 15:36:00
After securing approval last summer from the "Bank Al Maghrib", Orange Morocco has launched of Orange Money in the kingdom.
[Startup Interview] Uju Ojinnaka, CEO, Traders of Africa, Nigeria
06-03-2020 | 14:29:00
As globalization increasingly opens borders of trade for Africa, Traders of Africa, a Nigerian startup is offering the continent’s farmers and traders an opportunity to tap into this goldmine through an online marketplace.
InComm debuts prepaid products in South Africa
06-03-2020 | 06:34:00
InComm, a payments technology company has partnered with Flash, South Africa's payments transaction integrator, and Pepkor Group, to launch prepaid products in South Africa.
Côte d’Ivoire partners with UNCTAD and Germany to improve e-commerce ecosystem
05-03-2020 | 08:42:24
Côte d’Ivoire has partnered with UNCTAD and Germany to assess its readiness for e-commerce.
Pay on demand solutions drive new wave of digital and financial inclusion in Africa, Mastercard report
04-03-2020 | 07:34:33
Mastercard has released a white paper revealing that giving people the ability to pay only for what they use, as they need it, can lift millions of people across Africa out of poverty and make prosperity possible.
Nigerians dominate WorldRemit inaugural list of top ten most influential Africans in the Diaspora
27-02-2020 | 05:50:59
In celebration of Black History Month, WorldRemit, a fintech company and provider of international money transfer services, has launched the inaugural Top Ten Most Influential Africans in the Diaspora list.
[Kenya] Jumia appeals to local manufacturers with 50% lower commissions
26-02-2020 | 08:58:58
In a move aimed at encouraging more local manufacturers to sell online, e-commerce leader Jumia is now extending a 50% reduction on commissions for locally produced products sold on the platform.
[Startup Interview] Reuben Abuloye, CEO, Buyavrika, Nigeria
25-02-2020 | 14:46:02
Reuben Abuloye is the CEO of Buyavrika, a Nigeria-based startup that provides an online market place for African Art and African inspired wear.
[Startup Interview] Freeman Addico, CEO, Addicnet, Ghana
25-02-2020 | 14:30:18
With customers spread across 10 countries, Pan-African cloud computing and ecommerce solutions provider Addicnet is redefining cloud computing landscape in the continent through its unique offerings.
Payfort and valU unveil “Buy Now, Pay Monthly” option targeting Egyptian consumers
25-02-2020 | 12:56:00
Payfort has partnered with MENA’s Fintech innovation of the year, valU for installment sales services, to offer payment plans to a wide group of renowned ecommerce stores.
Intra African remittances to soar to record numbers in 2020, WorldRemit predicts
13-02-2020 | 05:54:00
Online international money transfer company WorldRemit predicts that 2020 will be the year of intra-African remittances.
Ecobank Group enters cross-border remittance partnership with Alipay
12-02-2020 | 12:12:00
Pan-African bank, Ecobank, has signed a cross-border remittance agreement with Alipay, the world's payment and lifestyle platform that aims to bring more inclusive financial services.
[South Africa] Event ticketing platform Howler secures funding to expand to Africa and Europe
08-02-2020 | 06:36:00
One of South Africa's event ticketing and cashless platforms, Howler, has secured their second round of growth capital investment to expand Sub-Saharan Africa, and to expand into Europe and APAC.
UBA Mali launches mobile money service
06-02-2020 | 08:57:00
United Bank for Africa (UBA) Mali has launched Sama by UBA, a money transfer and mobile payment service.
[South Africa] African Fashion International acquires Wezart
05-02-2020 | 08:32:00
African Fashion International (AFI) has acquired an online marketplace for art, Wezart, which aligns with AFI’s mission to promote and celebrate African creatives showcasing their work on global stages.
[Kenya] Jumia opens its platform for brands to advertise as it seeks to raise more revenue
05-02-2020 | 05:33:00
Kenya's leading e-commerce platform, Jumia, has opened up its online platform to brands and corporate organizations for advertising as it seeks to raise move revenues.
[Interview] Ian Sendagala, CEO, eFoods Trade, Uganda
31-01-2020 | 13:08:00
Ian Sendagala is the CEO of eFoods Trade, an African online B2B marketplace connecting African foods to the global markets. The platform targets food importers, exporters, distributors, and manufacturers.
WorldRemit partners with Wizall Money to launch Senegal’s first mobile money transfer service
31-01-2020 | 06:25:00
Online money transfer company WorldRemit has joined forces with Wizall Money to launch its first mobile money transfer service to Senegal.
[Column] Josephine Wawira: How fintechs are making Africa a leading global Innovation Hub
30-01-2020 | 12:28:00
60% of the adult population in Africa is unbanked and the financial sector is considerably underdeveloped. Fintech has been a welcomed revolution that is seen to be boosting Africa’s financial infrastructure.
Open APIs to power next stage of Uganda’s digital economy
30-01-2020 | 09:18:15
While about 18 million Ugandans are now able to access services via the internet, only a fraction of the 18 million are able to bank, pay school fees or utility bills.
Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya top African countries receiving remittances from diaspora, WorldRemit
29-01-2020 | 13:31:00
Global mobile payments company WorldRemit saw a 43 per cent growth in remittances to Africa from higher income nations in 2019.
B2B fintechs start 2020 strong with more than $1billion in venture capital funding
28-01-2020 | 12:35:14
Venture capital (VC) is not easily available to every startup, but recently, VC investors hinted at a big year ahead for the B2B FinTech space.
FIS launches online payments in 26 markets across Africa
28-01-2020 | 12:33:00
FIS™, a global player in financial services technology, has announced its entry into payment processing in Africa.
WorldRemit announces global remittance partnership with Alipay
28-01-2020 | 09:48:00
WorldRemit has announced a partnership with Alipay, the world's payment and lifestyle platform, enabling consumers to use the WorldRemit app or website for cross-border remittances to the Alipay app.
DPO Group extends operations to Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and DR Congo
28-01-2020 | 07:30:00
DPO Group, a payments technology company in Africa, has announced that it is now operating in Senegal, Côte d'Ivoire and the Democratic Republic of Congo in francophone Africa.
[Kenya] Jumia appoints Kenneth Oyolla as new CCO
22-01-2020 | 05:54:37
Kenneth Oyolla has joined Jumia Kenya as the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) from IPS Group Limited where he previously held the same position.
Africa sokoni partners with Nigeria’s Bolorims to bolster e-commerce business
13-01-2020 | 08:00:00
Africa Sokoni has entered into a partnership with Nigeria’s e-commerce platform Bolorims.com as they celebrate their second anniversary.
[Startup Interview] George Kissinger Adem, CEO, House of Kissinger, Kenya
09-01-2020 | 12:20:00
George Kissinger Adem is the Founder and CEO of House of Kissinger, a Kenyan online lifestyle management platform that connects Tourists/VIPs/Expatriates to their favourite luxury and essential goods & services.
Njalo.ng free online marketplace launches operations in Nigeria
07-01-2020 | 07:09:36
Njalo.ng, a free classifieds platform that emphasizes safety and convenience to sellers and buyers, has launched operations in Nigeria.
dLocal expands digital payment platform into Nigeria and South Africa
19-12-2019 | 13:00:00
dLocal, a fintech company that specializes in cross-border payments for emerging markets, has expanded its payments network to include Nigeria and South Africa.
Nigeria’s fintech startup Carbon expands into Kenya
19-12-2019 | 09:32:00
Carbon, Nigeria’s digital financial services company, has launched in Kenya.
[Kenya] Jumia attracts over 100M unique visits during Jumia Black Friday 2019
18-12-2019 | 05:17:35
E-commerce company Jumia has reported that the 2019 Black Friday had hit a record high, attracting over 100 million unique visits to Jumia's website.
Vodacom Tanzania, WorldRemit launch mobile money transfers to M-Pesa accounts in Tanzania
17-12-2019 | 08:32:00
Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit has partnered with Vodacom Tanzania to enable nine million M-Pesa customers to receive money directly to their M-Pesa wallets from friends and family living abroad.
Visa, MFS Africa partner to expand digital payments ecosystem across Africa
16-12-2019 | 08:48:00
Visa and the pan-African fintech leader MFS Africa have announced a partnership that will help bridge the gap between the rapidly growing mobile money ecosystem in Africa and the world of online digital payments
Visa and MFS Africa partner to boost digital payments among Africa consumers and businesses
12-12-2019 | 06:42:40
Visa and the pan-African fintech leader MFS Africa have announced a partnership that will help bridge the gap between the rapidly growing mobile money ecosystem in Africa.
[Column] Josephine Wawira: How Black Friday is giving Africa's economy a lift
12-12-2019 | 05:27:00
It is quite phenomenal how in recent years, both e-commerce players and retailers have used Black Friday to sweep thrifty shoppers off their feet.
PAYFORT partners with DHL Express to expand payment solutions in North Africa
11-12-2019 | 06:02:00
Amazon company, PAYFORT has partnered with DHL Express to allow DHL express customers across the North Africa complete shipment payments online in their local currencies via debit and credit cards.
[South Africa] Africa’s DPO Group reports a 35% jump in Black Friday online payments
11-12-2019 | 03:26:16
DPO Group has reported a record 35% year on year increase in the number of digital transactions made in South Africa on its platform on Black Friday,
Travelstart to power Jumia Travel’s pan African online travel booking portal
10-12-2019 | 13:08:00
Travelstart has entered into a distribution and commercial agreement with Jumia Travel to power the latter’s pan-African online travel booking portal.
Fashionomics Africa launches digital marketplace to connect fashion entrepreneurs to global markets
10-12-2019 | 06:27:00
The African Development Bank's flagship initiative, Fashionomics Africa, has launched the pilot phase of a digital marketplace to help Africa's fashion designers, textile and accessories professionals connect with global markets.
[South Africa] Online meal kit provider UCOOK records increased meals deliveries
04-12-2019 | 09:20:00
UCOOK, South Africa's online meal kit provider, has scaled from 24 meals in its first delivery five years ago, to thousands every week now.
uKheshe partners with Mastercard to bring mobile payments to unbanked South Africans
03-12-2019 | 09:37:00
uKheshe, a locally developed financial inclusion platform, has enhanced its offering to the unbanked by collaborating with Mastercard to enable informal traders to accept digital payments through Masterpass.
Amount of money processed through POS devices environments is 5 per cent of GDP in Africa, report
02-12-2019 | 12:17:00
Network International an enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East and Africa, has published research highlighting the key trends putting Payment Acceptance at an inflection point of growth in Africa.
Online retailer Jumia exits Tanzania, Cameroon
02-12-2019 | 09:24:00
Online retailer Jumia has exited the Tanzanian market, days after it closed shop in Cameroon over reducing fortunes that have negatively affected its profitability.
Electronic transactions reshape Egypt’s economy
29-11-2019 | 09:07:44
It was something that Cairo-based shop owner Nader Shawky had come to dread: paying his phone bill.
Mobile technologies contribute $191 billion a year in economic value to MENA, GSMA report
27-11-2019 | 13:14:00
The GSMA has released two new reports highlighting the positive economic impact of the mobile ecosystem on markets across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
E-commerce offers mixed fortunes for Nigeria, South Africa customers, report
22-11-2019 | 06:31:09
dLocal has partnered with Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) to research and outline local payments preferences of consumers in Nigeria, South Africa.
[South Africa] eCommerce platform ohbaby turns to Picup for deliveries
21-11-2019 | 06:28:00
Ecommerce platform for moms and babies ohbaby has started using Picup’s software to manage its deliveries around Cape Town and Gauteng,
South Africa farmers bet on online trading
18-11-2019 | 09:48:00
Today, farmers have access to technology such as the electronic sow feeding (ESF) system that incorporates mixed animal weighing technology aimed at precisely feeding each sow or gilt.