Mastercard, Cellulant partner to empower millions of Africans in global digital marketplace

Mastercard and Cellulant have partnered to allow millions of Cellulant customers across Africa to shop and pay online with global merchants wherever Mastercard is accepted.

The partnership will enable customers to pay globally with a Mastercard virtual payment solution linked to the Cellulant wallet, Tingg; Mastercard’s technology will enable consumers to shop online with or without a bank account, through a simple and secure payment experience.

The announcement comes as digital commerce and online shopping is thriving across Africa and the need for safer means of shopping online increases.

Executive Vice President, Market Development, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Mastercard, Amnah Ajmal, said: “Mastercard’s technology enables our digital partners to redefine their consumer’s digital commerce interactions and experiences.

“By focusing on the provision of multi-use, omni-channel digital payment solutions, Mastercard is enabling its partners, such as Cellulant, to improve their operational efficiency, diversify their revenue, and transition seamlessly into digital commerce.

“We see the increasing proliferation of fintechs as a strategic opportunity to add value by creating more connections, better user experiences and greater choice for consumers.”  

Digital commerce and online shopping is thriving across Africa and underscores the need for safer means of shopping online increases.

The Mastercard virtual payment solution, linked to Cellulant’s payment gateway – Tingg, can unlock a host of opportunities for consumers, whether they have a bank account or not.

Consumers will be able to shop from well-known global digital commerce brands, paying quickly and securely for leisure shopping, travel, accommodation, entertainment, streaming services and more, while in their home countries or travelling abroad.

According to the Economy 2021 Outlook conducted by the Mastercard Economics Institute, 20-30% of the COVID-19-related surge in digital commerce will remain a permanent feature of overall retail spending, and shopping through mobile is largely how consumers access these opportunities.

Across Sub-Saharan Africa, mobile devices are the primary channel used to connect to the internet. Mastercard is collaborating with partners to build a strong digital economy that can unlock a world beyond cash where everyone thrives.

The partnership with Cellulant plays a role in advancing Mastercard’s worldwide commitment to financial inclusion to bring a total of one billion people, and 50 million micro and small businesses into the digital economy by 2025.

“We believe seamless payment experiences are the backbone for accelerating economic growth across Africa. MSMEs are the driving force for Africa’s economy and our work in digitising payments for businesses and their consumers enables the requisite foundation for innovation, economic development and financial inclusion.

“By partnering with Mastercard, we are looking to further open up pathways that effectively position our customers for the growth they need,” said David Waithaka, Chief Revenue Officer, Cellulant Group.

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