MasterCard and Zenith Bank have extended their partnership in West Africa to now include Ghana.
The agreement is geared towards issuing a suite of digital payment solutions that include prepaid, debit and credit cards. MD/CEO of Zenith Bank Ghana, Mr. Henry Oroh, said: “With the rapid progression of the electronic payments industry, our customers are increasingly seeking faster, more secure and smarter ways to pay.
To cater to their evolving needs, we have launched this range of internationally-accepted payment cards, making it easier for them to safely access their funds both here in Ghana and abroad.”
Also, Area Business Head West Africa, Mastercard, Omokehinde Adebanjo, said: “EMV technology protects in-store payments from card fraud. A small chip built into the payment card generates a one-time PIN for every transaction, making it virtually impossible to create counterfeit cards.
“As this shift gains momentum around the world, a global chip infrastructure is taking shape to counter the threat of fraudulent transactions. We look forward to working with Zenith Bank in Ghana to bring safer payment technologies to the market.”
EMV-enabled cards feature an embedded microchip to encrypt information, making it more difficult for unauthorized users to copy or access data on the card. Additionally, the Mastercard prepaid, debit and credit cards will be accepted at millions of acceptance locations and ATMs in over 210 countries.
Adebanjo pointed out that although the suite of solutions will play a role in including the previously unbanked and underserved in the formal financial sector given that only 35 per cent of the country’s citizens have an account at a financial institution.
She says that there is a deeper focus on continuing to strengthen the local economy and thus providing accessible, safe and secure payment solutions to all citizens.
“Our collaboration with Zenith Bank Ghana is an exciting development, and will give us the opportunity to extend the latest advances in payment technology to benefit all Ghanaians.
Currently we are focused on offering our core product suite, but are eager to explore the roll-out of other solutions that will meet the needs and goals outlined by the Vision 2020 strategy.
We agree that technology is changing the face of Ghana, and Africa – but there is still so much opportunity and we look forward to working with our partners to develop a cashless Ghana,” concluded Adebanjo.
Read more at https://newtelegraphonline.com/zenith-bank-mastercard-extend-partnership-ghana/
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