Joseph to Spearhead M-Pesa Expansion in Africa

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Michael Joseph, the immediate former CEO of Safaricom, has been tapped to spearhead the expansion of M-Pesa to other African countries as part of a plan to have a seamless mobile money transfer service on the continent.

M-Pesa is already successful in Kenya, and is now also available in Tanzania, Afghanistan, South Africa, while a pilot service is on in India.

But Vodafone is looking at spreading the services to other African countries such as DR Congo, Lesotho, and Mozambique with the aim of linking the market.

This will see mobile phone consumers send and receive money across borders in a move that will pile pressure on traditional money transfer service operators such as Western Union and Money Gram who have lost market share in the local market.

Source: Business Daily (link opens in a new window)