Key representatives gathered at a workshop organised by Vodacom to look into trends and developments shaping the mobile money industry in Africa.
Vodacom also released its Future-Proofing Mobile Financial
at the workshop. The report, the first of Vodacom’s Public Policy Series,
demonstrates how mobile money is driving economic growth and empowering lives
through financial inclusion.
Judith Obholzer, Managing Executive, Legal and regulatory from Vodacom Group, said that Sub- Saharan Africa, including Tanzania, has witnessed rapid growth in mobile money operations and innovations enabling broad based participation and access to financial services. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to the 10 economies worldwide where more adults now have mobile money accounts than at a financial institution.
A game changer in this region, Mobile
Money continues to drive economic growth and social benefit by providing access
to financial services to the millions of people who have a mobile phone, but do
not have or have only limited access to a bank account.
“Our aim is to provide a platform for leading experts to express their views on trends and developments shaping the industry,” said Obholzer.
“The industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace with policy makers and regulators playing a central role in facilitating and enabling environment for financial inclusion.”
Albert Cesari, Representative of the Bank of Tanzania who is Assistant Manager–Oversight and Policy at the National Payment Systems Department, mentioned about the important impact Mobile Financial Services have made on the economy and the important role of the workshop in ensuring sustainability of the mobile financial service industry.
“The government is committed to ensure that mobile financial providers continue to be effective players in the future, and that they are able to provide the innovations and investments necessary in the technical and business dynamics in the financial payment market,” said Cesari.
M-Pesa has been Africa’s most successful mobile money service. Research illustrates that mobile money has significantly contributed to social empowerment, economic growth and poverty reduction. It provides people with a safe, secure and affordable way to send and receive money, top-up airtime, make bill payments, receive salaries and get a short-term loan.
Speaking during the launch of the new research on mobile money , Hisham Hendi, Managing Director, Vodacom Tanzania said: “Mobile money – supported by extensive mobile reach – has proven to be a platform for economic opportunity, transforming the financial services landscape, in particular on the African continent.
“I am glad that this report brings
together contributions by leading experts that speak to these three broader
themes. They are diverse in their views and ambitions, critical and inspiring.”
The event brought together representatives from mobile network operators and a cross section of sectors including telecommunication, financial service providers, banking, CSO and regulators who addressed various topics including: future-proofing mobile financial services; enabling interoperability frameworks – payment systems, regional integration and cross-border opportunities, how to solve the legal identity problem, best practice sharing and the cloud opportunity – getting the conditions right.