Africa: Mastercard Partners With Samsung, Airtel and Asante to Drive Digital Inclusion in Africa

Pay-on-Demand platform enables safe, secure and convenient consumer financing via Samsung devices with embedded Knox security platform, through Airtel Africa’s network. This partnership will facilitate usage-based payments and will build creditworthiness. It will be piloting in Uganda, this is part of a broader digital transformation partnership between Mastercard and Airtel Africa across 14 markets in Africa.

Mastercard today announced a partnership with Samsung, Airtel Africa and Asante Financial Services Group (“Asante”) to launch a Pay-on-Demand payments platform and drive the digital economy across Africa. Mastercard’s strategy is based on collaboration and partnerships that drive innovation and this is another example. By enabling digital access to everyday products and services for under-served consumers and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), the payments platform will aim at driving digital and financial inclusion and can lead to improved economic possibilities for people and businesses.

The platform, built by Mastercard Labs, aims to bring

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South Africa Restores Free Visa for Countries Including U.S.

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a group of people with luggage at an airport: Passengers queue at the check-in desks inside the departures hall at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Health experts have voiced concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus in African nations that may be ill-equipped to handle such a crisis.


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Passengers queue at the check-in desks inside the departures hall at O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Health experts have voiced concerns over the possible spread of the coronavirus in African nations that may be ill-equipped to handle such a crisis.

South Africa has reinstated free visas for travelers from countries including the U.S. after suspending them in March as part of a strict lockdown to curb the coronavirus.

Visas will again be available to visitors from France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy, South Korea, Hong Kong, Iran and the U.S., the Ministry of Home Affairs said in a statement on Sunday. International travelers will need to present a negative Covid-19 test result that’s no more than 72 hours old or face a mandatory 10-day quarantine, the government said.

The exemptions, coming just days after the reopening of borders to

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