Coronation Group, Access Holdings partner with M-Pesa for regional remittances

Safaricom and M-Pesa have entered into a strategic collaboration with Coronation Group, Access Holdings Plc to broaden access to remittances across Africa.

In a statement, the partners said the alliance is dedicated to propelling financial inclusion and nurturing economic prosperity for millions across the continent. 

The parties aim to explore solutions that will provide a remittance corridor between East and West Africa, connecting some of the continent’s largest economies.

The collaboration will see the convergence of Access Holdings’ robust Pan-African banking infrastructure, spanning 14 African countries, with Coronation Group’s comprehensive array of technology-infused financial services offerings in West Africa, coupled with M-PESA and Safaricom. 

M-PESA is the continent’s leading mobile money and digital payments service, connecting more than 60 million customers and 5 million businesses across 8 countries and processing more than $1 billion a day in transaction value. Safaricom on the other hand is Kenya’s leading telecommunications, ICT and financial services provider with more than 32 million of its customers using M-PESA services every month. 

“African countries trade more with nations outside the continent than within themselves. Initiatives such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) seek to address the lack of intra-continental trade. This partnership with Safaricom, Coronation Group and Access Holdings seeks to explore remittance corridors between East and West Africa bringing alive the AfCFTA spirit,” said Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, MD – M-PESA Africa.

Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom said the partnership seeks to explore secure, convenient, and affordable remittance solutions that will connect our customers to opportunities in West Africa. 

‘’Africa remains an underserved region, especially for remittances within the continent making such partnerships crucial in closing the gap,” he said.

The initial phase of the collaboration will concentrate on pivotal markets, including Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, and Tanzania. 

The collaboration is subject to commercial discussions and definitive agreements, internal corporate approvals of the respective parties and relevant legal and regulatory processes. 

“Our conviction remains steadfast – this collaboration has the power to recalibrate the trajectory of financial services in Africa. By combining our strengths with those of Coronation Group, Safaricom and M-Pesa Africa, we will deliver on our promise of sustainably impacting our stakeholders, empowering individuals, and significantly contributing to the continent’s economic ascension.” Bolaji Agbede, Acting Group Chief Executive Officer of Access Holdings Plc, said.

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