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The TECH25 Roundup (Mar. 21 – Apr. 03)

Every fortnight we compile a list of important news updates and events covering the African FINTECH, MFGTECH, CLNTECH, and AGRTECH sectors

FINTECH Roundup

Mwalimu Bank partners Airtel Tanzania to promote financial inclusion, via The Citizen. 
The partnership will now allow all teachers in the country to access their money directly from the bank using their Airtel Money accounts. This is move is aimed at promoting financial inclusion in the country.

Kenya’s Stanbic Bank is seeks to partner with Chinese financial technology firms to boost the Sino-Africa trade, via News Ghana.
Collaboration will be geared towards providing seamless settlement of financial transactions between Kenya and Chinese traders and facilitate commercial ties between Kenya and China.

Safaricom, Matatus Partner to collect fares through M-Pesa, via CIO.
In the ongoing battle to combat the spread of coronavirus, Safaricom has partnered with public transport sector players to accept cashless payments through its mobile money payment platform, M-Pesa.

Airtel offers free Internet Access to support home learning in wake of Coronavirus lock down, via Capital Business.
AS part of its commitment to empower the students using its technology, Aitrel Kenya one of the giant Telecos in East Africa is offering free internet access for students to support home learning during the close of schools.

5G Internet technology set to unlock Kenya’s massive digital potential, via China-Africa forum.
Economists and entrepreneurs in Kenya are viewing the recent licensing of five terms by the Kenyan government for the piloting of 5G technology as one of the boldest moves by the country’s leadership quest to leapfrog the economy.

NSSF Tanzania, to collect tenant purchase scheme instalments through M-Pesa, via soko directory.
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) announced partnership with Safaricom’s M-Pesa to empower customers to make monthly instalments through M-Pesa. The service is to help prevent movement and physical contact when making payments to avoid spread of COVID-19.

Recognising women in financial technology, Daily Monitor.
Over the past years in Uganda, number of women taking on key roles in financial technology has tremendously risen. Women are supporting companies, business owners, and consumers with technological products and services in the financial industry.

7 things Airtel Uganda is doing to support the fight against COVID-19, via Techjaja.
Second largest Telecom in Uganda came out to support prevention of the spread using seven steps where Airtel money is among them to ensure free flow of funds to loved ones and payment of bills.

Airtel Money system crashes making it impossible to carry out some transactions, via TechJaja.
Airtel Uganda’s has been overwhelmed by the volume of transactions in some Airtel Money services causing technical backfire, especially now that they announced to waive their fees in amid to combat the spread of COVID-19.

CLEANTECH Roundup

Tanzania: Greenlight energies 1.5 million people with solar kits, via Afrik21.
The solar home system provider says it has already installed solar home home kits in 300,000 homes, benefiting people mainly in rural areas in Tanzania during the company’s nine years of service in East African country.

AGRITECH Roundup

Kenyan agri-tech startup Selina WAmucii opens platform to groups and cooperatives, via Disrupt Africa.
Kenyan agri-tech startup Selina Wamucii, which helps businesses from anywhere in the world buy and import food and agricultural produce from any African country, has now expanded its supply side by side by allowing integration with cooperatives, farmers groups, agro-processors and other organisations that work directly  with family farmers.

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