China’s payments giant is ready to boost financial inclusion in Africa
By Abhi Latif Dahir
Ant Financial, the payments and financial services arm of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is expanding to Africa.
In a partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) along with the International Financial Corporation, the firm says it will promote digital financial inclusion in the continent through investments and technical assistance. The offering will target smaller businesses and would look to cater to largely unserved consumers, including displaced people and refugees with no official documents or identity papers.
The cooperation, announced in Addis Ababa last week, is pegged to both the 2030 global sustainable development goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2060, which seeks to end poverty and improve lives through economic, social, and technological progress.
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