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Orange MEA partners Spotify to broaden African entertainment

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The Middle East & Africa (MEA) arm of global telecoms company, Orange, has entered into a new partnership with streaming platform, Spotify which will bring a new music journey to mobile users in the African continent.

According to Jocelyne Muhutu-Remy, Managing Director for Spotify in Sub-Saharan Africa, the partnership will come into effect first in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, and Mali and Guinea, where millions of mobile users will enjoy music for free on Spotify platform when subscribing to an Orange mobile offer.

“We are excited to partner with Orange Middle East & Africa to offer data bonuses to our customers in Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Madagascar, and Mali, allowing them to enjoy our vast music library of over 100 million songs, without worrying about data,” she said.

“We are aware that data costs continue to be a hindrance for people who would like to stream music, that’s why we are actively working at Spotify SSA on partnerships like this one.”

Also commenting on the partnership, Brelotte Ba, Deputy CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, said:

“We are pleased to partner with Spotify to bring a new experience to our customers in Africa and the Middle East. As a multi-service operator on the continent, we want to provide our customers with easier access to the rich musical culture in Africa and to the promotion of local talents.

“The deployment of this service in the countries where we are present will greatly facilitate access to an incomparable musical experience for all communities and thus contribute to the acceleration of digital inclusion on the continent.

“Orange currently operates in 18 countries across Africa and the Middle East, and by offering complimentary data bonuses to access to Spotify’s service, Orange strengthens its position as an all-in-one entertainment service provider.

“With a worldwide community of over 551 million monthly active listeners, including 220 million subscribers, Spotify provides a wide range of African and international artists with a library including over 82 million tracks. Orange customers can now enjoy this personalized and enriching musical experience by creating for instance their own playlists”, Ba added.

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M-PESA partners IFC to increase financial inclusion for farmers in Mozambique

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Mobile money transfer and payment service provider, M-Pesa, has entered into a partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC) aimed at boosting financial inclusion for small-holder farmers in Mozambique.

The agreement will see IFC cooperating with Vodafone M-PESA Mozambique to support M-PESA in several key areas, including revamping and strengthening its existing agent network and conducting comprehensive countrywide training for M-PESA’s sales team and agents.

IFC will also assist M-PESA to review and expand its merchant acquisition and management strategy in Mozambique, and support M-PESA’s activities across different regions.

Sergio Gomes, Director of Vodafone M-PESA Mozambique, who announced the partnership, said the IFC and M-PESA Mozambique will “work together to explore and pilot new ways to expand mobile money services in rural areas, with the aim of increasing financial inclusion for smallholder farmers.”

“We have seen very positive results since M-PESA was launched in Mozambique in 2013 having paid about 9 billion Meticais ($142 million) in commissions to agents just in the last 5 years,” said Gomes.

“The new phase of M-PESA will focus on expanding our value proposition and use cases to limit the use of cash in the economy. One important vertical where we want to intervene is in agriculture where payments are dominated by cash.

“We believe that through this partnership with IFC, we can have an impact on farmers by digitizing their value chains beginning with payments received for their produce and moving out to developing more sophisticated products like insurance,” he added.

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Opera MiniPay wallet celebrates 1 million users in Africa

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Opera MiniPay wallet, a self-custodial dollar stablecoin wallet, has announced a significant achievement of surpassing one million users across Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana.

Charles Hamel, Product Director at MiniPay, who made the announcement, said the stablecoin wallet had seamlessly integrated into the Opera Mini browser for Android users and built on the Celo blockchain.

“The MiniPay wallet has been designed to be intuitive for users of all experience levels to reap the benefits that decentralized finance can bring,” Hamel said.

“Via a familiar Web2 experience, MiniPay makes it easier and more affordable for individuals across Africa to acquire, send and receive Mento cUSD stablecoins – simply by using mobile phone numbers.

“The wallet enables users to save, send, and receive funds instantly on their mobile phones with very low transaction fees and with a mission to onboard millions of users to Web3 across Africa, Celo and Mento Labs aim to provide accessible financial tools through MiniPay embedded in Opera Mini,” he stated.

According to Hamel, MiniPay enables fast, easy, and affordable payments through its stablecoin wallet, offering sub-cent fees through the Celo network.

“MiniPay is currently live in Nigeria, Kenya, and Ghana, with plans for expansion into South Africa, and more,” Hamel added.

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