UnionPay International, Interswitch Partner To Accelerates Payment Digitalization In Africa

UnionPay International (UPI) and Interswitch on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, announced their partnership, confirming Interswitch as a Third-Party Service Provider (TPSP) for UnionPay International in East Africa. 

The partnership supports the vision and mission that enables further payment digitalization across the continent, allowing cardholders and merchants within the region to transact seamlessly and conveniently across various platforms on the global UPI network.

The agreement with Interswitch will facilitate UnionPay card acceptance across ATMs, Points-of-Sale, QR Payments and online payments, thereby consolidating the existing partnership with Interswitch in West Africa and helping to drive wider acceptance on the continent. These initiatives will ultimately enhance the current payment landscape and in turn, improve the lives of the mass markets in Africa.

“UPI and Interswitch East Africa (Kenya) Limited share a mission to provide convenient and secure payment solutions across Africa, and this partnership continues our work to broaden acceptance to cardholders transacting across the region”, said Romana Rajput, Country General Manager – Kenya for Interswitch East Africa’ “We look forward to working with the UPI team and we are excited for the opportunities this new agreement presents”.

Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch Group Founder and Chief Executive Officer stated that the new licensing agreement reinforced Interswitch’s focus on achieving broad acceptance. “We are delighted to expand our existing partnership with UPI, this time to East Africa”, Elegbe said. “The region presents great opportunity following significant transformation in recent years with the rapidly increasing adoption of digital technologies. This new agreement is aligned with our vision to make payments a seamless part of everyday life in Africa, and we look forward to consolidating our relationship with the UPI team.”

“This is indeed another milestone for Africa”, said Luping Zhang, General Manager of UnionPay International Africa Branch. “We are committed to promoting high-quality digital payments in Africa. Together with Interswitch, we present a powerful solution allowing African businesses to better integrate into the global marketplace”.

About Interswitch

Interswitch is a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitization of payments in Africa. Founded in 2002, Interswitch disrupted the traditional cash-based payments value chain by supporting the introduction of electronic payments processing and switching services.

Today, Interswitch is a leading player with critical mass in Africa’s developing financial ecosystem and is active across the payments value chain, providing a full suite of Omni-channel payment solutions. Interswitch’s vision is to make payments a seamless part of everyday life in Africa, and its mission is to create transaction solutions that enable individuals and communities to prosper across Africa. Interswitch’s broad network and robust payments platform have been instrumental to the development of the continent’s payments ecosystem and provide Interswitch with the infrastructure to expand across Africa.

About UnionPay International

UnionPay International (UPI) is a subsidiary of China UnionPay focused on the growth and support of UnionPay’s global business. In partnership with more than 2,300 institutions worldwide, UnionPay International has enabled card acceptance in 179 countries and regions with issuance in 61 countries and regions. UnionPay International provides high quality, cost effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and merchants

Today, with over 8.4 billion cards issued in 61 countries and regions, UnionPay is the world’s largest bankcard organisation in terms of card issuance. In the Africa, UnionPay is present in 50 countries, and issues locally in 12 countries. Moreover, UnionPay has launched various innovative payment products in Africa in response to the worldwide digital transformation and financial inclusion.

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