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Standard Chartered Bank, Airtel Africa partner to ease mobile money remittances

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Standard Chartered Bank and Airtel Africa have inked a partnership that will see both entities drive financial inclusion across Africa by providing customers with increased access to mobile financial services.

The partnership will enable Airtel Money’s customers to make real-time online deposits and withdrawals from Standard Chartered bank accounts, receive international money transfers directly to their wallets, and access savings products amongst other services.

Airtel and Standard Chartered will work together to co-create new, innovative products aimed at enhancing the accessibility of financial services and, ultimately, better serve people across Africa.

Standard Chartered’s corporate clients will also be able to make rapid and secure bulk disbursements, such as payroll payments, directly into the Airtel Money customers wallet. This is said to reduce the risks associated with travelling long distances for cash payments and instead customers can go to any Airtel Money agent, kiosk, or branch to cash-out their funds.

“By collaborating with innovative organisations like Airtel Africa, we are accelerating our mobile and digital-led strategy to provide best in class financial services to Africa,” says  Sunil Kaushal, Regional CEO for Africa and Middle East of Standard Chartered.

This partnership supports Airtel Africa’s efforts to expand the range and depth of its Airtel Money offerings across its 19 million customer base, with new products and services helping to promote the wider adoption of mobile money and increasing financial inclusion. Mobile banking transfers between Airtel Money and Standard Chartered Bank are now live in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

Source: IT News Africa

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