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September 14, 2023

American Bankers Association: CBDC would be advantaged competitor

Ledger Insights

“Today U.S. Congress will hold a hearing on the Digital Dollar Dilemma to discuss the implications of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and potential private sector alternatives. The Federal Reserve believes that a CBDC will help maintain the dollar’s unique role as the international reserve currency, and improve financial inclusion for millions of U.S. citizens. However, […]

September 8, 2023

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June 30, 2023

India’s Push to Democratise Credit Tests Limits


“India is shaping its digital payments system into a credit engine. It wants banks to offer small loans through the channel residents use to transfer money via their mobile phones. But while the latest official effort to accelerate financial inclusion is gaining traction and will finally allow banks to monetise the homegrown system, it will […]

June 13, 2023

New Mastercard Study Reveals Financial Inclusion Momentum in Latin America, Highlights Remaining Gaps to Close

Business Wire

“Mastercard released a new report today, The State of Financial Inclusion post COVID-19 in Latin America and the Caribbean: New Opportunities for the Payments Ecosystem, demonstrating the mainstream adoption of digital financial products and services across seven Latin American countries (Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru) and the challenges that remain among those […]

May 18, 2023

ABA: Stablecoin Issuers Need to be Regulated Like Banks

ABA Banking Journal

Stablecoin issuance is a monetary exercise comparable to what regulated banks do and should be supervised accordingly to ensure financial stability and consumer protection, the American Bankers Association said today in a statement to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Digital Assets, Financial Technology and Inclusion. The subcommittee will meet this morning to debate two bills on […]

March 16, 2023

Interview with Regional President CEMEA Visa, Andrew Torre


“Andrew Torre is Regional President for Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) at Visa Inc. He oversees Visa operations in more than 90 countries and territories across the region, cultivating relationships with clients and government authorities. He has been with Visa since 2002, where he held global roles across product, strategy […]

March 10, 2023

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February 23, 2023

Mastercard And Obopay Collaborate To Launch A Unique Prepaid Card To Power Financial Inclusion In Rural Communities

Business News Week

“Mastercard and Obopay today announced their collaboration to launch a financial inclusion card for smallholder farmers and rural communities. Powered by Mastercard’s Community Pass digital infrastructure, the prepaid card will allow farmers to receive the sale proceeds for their crop digitally, spend their earnings to make purchases even in remote locations that have poor or […]

February 16, 2023

New LexisNexis Risk Solutions Report Reveals Financial Inclusion is Accelerating the Adoption of Alternative Data Across Financial Institutions

LexisNexis Risk Solutions

LexisNexis® Risk Solutions unveiled the findings of its Alternative Credit Data Impact Report, a nationwide survey assessing the adoption, utilization and impact of alternative credit data for credit portfolio growth and management in consumer and small/mid-sized business (SMB) lending. The report surveyed those who identify as senior decision makers for marketing, lending and credit risk […]

February 15, 2023

Mastercard Partners with Copal to Launch Egypt’s First Family Payments Mobile Application

Middle East/Africa Hub

Copal, Egypt’s first digital payment solutions application specifically designed for families, enters a strategic partnership with Mastercard to introduce the first family payment and expenses management application in Egypt. This seamless solution aims to further drive financial inclusion in the country through the integration of underbanked youth into the formal economy.

January 25, 2023

Mastercard and ZoodPay Join Forces to Launch the First Virtual Installment Card Across EEMEA


ZoodPay, a leading digital lending platform for e-commerce in the Middle East and Central Asia, has entered into a strategic partnership with Mastercard to launch the first-of-its-kind prepaid virtual installment card in the Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EEMEA) region. This collaboration will expand financial and digital inclusion, benefiting the underbanked population and those […]

December 14, 2022

Dubai-Based NOW Money Selects ThetaRay AI Tech to Prevent Financial Crime on the Inclusive Banking App


“NOW Money, the GCC’s first mobile banking solution focused on financial inclusion, and ThetaRay, a leading provider of AI-powered transaction monitoring technology, today announced a collaboration to implement ThetaRay’s cloud-based AML solution to monitor cross-border payments and support in the prevention of financial crimes and money laundering on the fintech’s payments platform. NOW Money selected […]

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