African mobile money technology expands in Europe
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
AFRICANS have long used technology developed abroad, but now a Kenyan cash transfer network which bypasses banks is being adopted in Europe.
The M-Pesa mobile money transfer system which allows clients to send cash with their telephones has transformed how business is done in east Africa, and is now spreading to Romania.
“From east Africa to eastern Europe, that’s quite phenomenal when you think about it,” Michael Joseph, who heads Vodafone’s Mobile Money business, told AFP in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.
“I think that this is something the rest of the world can look at, to say that there are ideas that can emanate out of the developing world, and take it to the developed world.”