MFS Africa partners with Paga to connect Nigerian remittance market to the world
We are delighted to announce our partnership with MFS Africa — connecting Paga users and Nigerian bank account holders to remittance senders from around the world.
Nigeria received nearly $21 billion USD last year in remittances according to the World Bank. Over 30% of that amount was received from other countries in Africa, primarily neighboring West and Central African countries. Intra-African money transfer is notoriously expensive, with costs averaging 20% of transfer amount, compared to global averages of 7%. Discouraged by high fees from the cumbersome formal banking and money transfer channels, many turn to informal channels that carry higher risk and uncertainty.
Leveraging mobile wallet technology and vast agent networks, MFS Africa and Paga seek to bring these costs down dramatically while increasing accessibility and transparency.
Together with MFS Africa, Paga is linking millions of mobile wallet users and bank account holders for seamless transactions across networks and across borders, said Jay Alabraba, co-founder and Director of Business Development of Paga. People typically think of remittances into Nigeria in terms of flows from Europe and the Americas, but there’s over $3 billion USD a year coming in just from the Nigerian communities in Benin, Niger and Cameroon — countries that are right next door to Nigeria. By joining the MFS Hub, we make it easier for Nigerians in the diaspora to send money back home and we also enable them to pay directly for utility bills, goods and services in Nigeria. We look forward to growing our relationship with MFS Africa in the years to come. This is an important partnership for enabling seamless digital payment for Nigerians at home and abroad.
Paga has made waves in Nigeria and headlines around the world for our innovative and disruptive payments scheme. In Nigeria, unlike most African markets, mobile network operators are not permitted to offer financial services. And although banking penetration is over 20%, there is still a strong need for alternative, simpler payment services and financial inclusion.
Paga today has over 6.4 million users and a network of nearly 12,000 Agents across Nigeria. The Paga wallet is available to any Nigerian with a phone through Paga’s *242# USSD code, web mypaga.com and Android App on Google Play. It is integrated into Nigeria’s financial services infrastructure so that users can instantly send or receive money from other phone numbers or bank accounts.
For the last few years, everyone has been looking to the Nigerian market, wondering when and how mobile money would take off,” said Dare Okoudjou, founder and CEO of MFS Africa. There’s an obvious opportunity here and Paga’s commitment to the market and innovative approach to execution will guarantee we make the most of it. They’ve built an impressive agent network, merchant ecosystem, and user base. We’re excited to finally welcome Nigeria onto the MFS Hub with Paga, and to connect more and more of our mobile network and money transfer operator partners to Paga’s users.
Have you been traveling long distance or queuing up to receive money from loved ones? We’re helping you put a halt to it! Receive money from any part of the world directly on your phone with Paga.