Access Bank and Mastercard Join Forces to Boost Cross-border Payments and Remittances in Africa

Access Bank Group and Mastercard have announced a ground-breaking partnership.
This collaboration aims to provide individuals and businesses with seamless, cost-effective, and efficient international payment solutions through the Access Africa platform.
The initiative, which went live on May 8, 2024, is set to revolutionize cross-border transactions in the region, with plans to expand its reach across the continent.
The partnership leverages the extensive network and treasury capabilities of Mastercard Move to facilitate instant, traceable, and secure cross-border payments and remittances.
This is particularly significant in the context of the growing importance of cross-border remittances in Africa’s economy, with Sub-Saharan Africa experiencing a 1.9 per cent increase in remittance flows to $54 billion in 2023.
Nigeria alone accounts for 38 per cent of these flows, with projections indicating a further 2.5 per cent growth in 2024.
Access Bank customers in the bank’s operating countries in Africa can now send and receive cross-border payments globally via various channels, including bank accounts, mobile wallets, cards, and cash.
This innovative solution not only enhances financial inclusion but also expands the reach of Mastercard’s financial and digital ecosystem, ensuring that millions from underserved communities can actively participate in the evolving financial and digital economy.
Fable Fintech, an Express Partner of the Mastercard Move Partner Program, played a crucial role in the technical implementation of the solution, working closely with both Access Africa and Mastercard Move experts.
This collaboration demonstrates the potential for strategic partnerships to drive meaningful change and empower lives across the continent.
The collaboration between Access Bank and Mastercard signifies a significant step towards a more inclusive financial ecosystem in Africa, with both parties committed to leveraging their collective strengths, resources, and expertise to continue driving financial inclusion and economic growth.
As this initiative gains momentum, it promises to transform payment experiences and unlock new opportunities for individuals and businesses across the continent.
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