Uganda Calls on Mobile Money to Cultivate New Debt Investors

Thursday, February 14, 2019

By Elias Biryabarema

Ugandans will be able to buy government securities through a mobile money platform in a move by the east African country to become less dependent on commercial banks and institutional investors for its funding.

The government said in a statement on Tuesday that the measure, which was approved at a cabinet meeting on Monday, would boost savings and investment among ordinary Ugandans as well as driving economic growth.

Ugandans with mobile money accounts, many of whom had limited access to banks, will now be able to directly buy government debt. The move follows a similar move by Kenya in 2017 and will also open the market up to Uganda’s Diaspora.

Photo courtesy of Casey Dlott/USAID.

Source: Reuters (link opens in a new window)

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