Egypt’s leading digital transformation and e-payments platform, Fawry has signed a strategic partnership with Visa, a global leader in digital payments in a move to accelerate the acceptance of e-payments in Egypt. The move goes in line with the Central Bank of Egypt’s agenda to enhance digitization and promote financial inclusion.
The partnership aims to encourage electronic payment solutions, including points of sale and “QR” codes, for a greater number of traders to gain a competitive advantage over others using cash payments, especially in light of the impact of the corona pandemic on the behaviour of consumers, which showed an increasing demand for digital solutions.
This step supports the growing preference among consumers for cashless digital payment solutions. Visa’s recent “Stay Secure” survey which assessed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on payment behaviour of consumers in Egypt reflected a growing appetite for electronic payment solutions amongst consumers. The survey highlighted that for in-store purchases, 86% of consumers trust contactless technology and 69% trust QR code payments; whereas 80% are shopping online more, with 20% prefers using cards over cash on delivery (COD).
One of the key solutions that the partnership aims to address is the need to enable a digital ecosystem that easily supports the needs of consumers and merchants. Through Visa Direct’s peer to peer transfer and low-cost QR solutions, millions of customers – regardless of who they bank with – would be able to make peer to peer and business to business transactions easily and securely so they can move money in real-time.
Commenting on the occasion, Ahmed Gaber, Visa General Manager of North Africa, said,
“We are very proud to announce this partnership with Fawry that will bring us one step closer to our goal of achieving financial inclusion and accelerating the digital transformation of our society. By partnering with like-minded organizations like Fawry, Egypt’s leader in payment innovation, we will introduce convenient, cashless solutions that will not only grow the digital payments ecosystem but will also bring formal financial services to the underbanked and underserved communities. Visa has been working tirelessly to introduce innovative solutions to meet Egyptian’s digital payments needs and Fawry’s added value will help us introduce these solutions to a wider segment. With the pandemic already reinforcing existing trends towards increased digitization of payments, it is vital to introduce convenient and secure cashless solutions to bring formal financial services to the unbanked and underbanked.”
Sharing his view, Ashraf Sabry, CEO of Fawry said,
“Our partnership with Visa is in alignment with Fawry’s strategy to provide financial services and expand electronic payments acceptance, which helps to accelerate the shift to a cashless society. It also complies with the Company’s strategy that aims to extend financial services’ access to the different segments in Egypt, in accordance with the State and Central Bank of Egypt’s mandate to promote digital transformation and financial inclusion. We are confident that Fawry and Visa’s expertise and banking institutions in Egypt will offer new easy solutions to support individuals and corporates with the digital transformation process and will help them develop their businesses and serve their customers.”
Over the past few years, Visa has been working closely with the Egyptian government to expand the acceptance criteria in the Egyptian society. Their latest initiative with the government was raising contactless limits in 31 CEMEA countries to meet the fast-growing demand for contactless payments on cards and on mobile phones to suit consumer’s lifestyles.