Regional and international experts gather in Nairobi to discuss the future of payments in the region.

The 2017 Seamless East Africa conference kicked off in Nairobi today, bringing together regional and international experts to discuss the future of payments in the region. The conference is the region’s most extensive technology and solution event for the fintech, payments and banking industries.  

It brings together the biggest global innovators, trailblasers, and gurus that have exploded onto the payments landscape this year, to evaluate payments and financial services innovation. It is described as a critical way to realizing the disruptive ways in which consumers, citizens, and businesses use money in a tech-savvy world.

In its 4th year, the event is sponsored by Bluechain, BPC Banking Technologies, and Visa, who are among more than 40 exhibitors all showcasing the latest in fintech technology.

Present at the conference was Jim Marous, who has been voted one of the the top five leaders to follow in fintech. Jim opened the conference by discussing harnessing the power of fintech as a catalyst for redefining financial markets.

“Fintech is a hot topic globally and key players in the industry are showing increased interest in East Africa. Seamless East Africa provides a platform for fintech, payments, and banking industry professionals to explore the potential of the market through knowledge sharing, as well as showcasing new products and technologies to key stakeholders within the region.” Joseph Ridley, General Manager of Seamless East Africa at Terrapinn, said.

Others present at the conference included international, regional and local organizations, including high profile official spokespeople from African banks, MNOs and fintechs with a view to exchange experiences, discuss best practices and review the industry’s current and future trends.

The conference continues tomorrow with a number of speakers lined up to speak with a panel assessing the impact of disruptive technology.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to

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