Global payments technology company Visa plans to establish local business operations in the Democratic Republic of Congo as it seeks to expand digital payments in the country.
The firm marked the official opening of its Kinshasa office and a series of partnerships in the Democratic Republic of Congo during a visit by Al Kelly,Visa’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
With only a quarter of the DRC population estimated to be included in the financial ecosystem, the digital payment company brought together public and private stakeholders to discuss opportunities to further develop the digital payments ecosystem in the country.
Visa’s immediate partnerships in DRC are aimed at expanding consumers’ access to the digital economy by introducing new payment credentials, as well as solutions to help more businesses accept digital payments.“Visa’s purpose is to uplift everyone, everywhere by being the best way to pay and be paid, which we accomplish when we include more consumers and merchants in the financial system. This plays a critical role in enabling lasting prosperity, and we look forward to introducing new programs, initiatives and partnerships that can help further accelerate economic and societal progress,” Al Kelly, Visa’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
The global payment giant further said it will introduce initiatives, including a program launched by Vodacom that will enhance financial inclusion and job creation for women living with disabilities.
The firm has also entered a three-year partnership with FPM, where they will grant USD 1 million to a financial education program targeted at cooperatives, mobile money operators and learning institutions.