TagPay explores new era of digital banking in Africa

TagPay 27Africa shows immense potential in embracing digital banking solutions. (Image source: TagPay)With the rise of fintech across banking sector in developing nations, African banks are taking full advantage of this technological revolution, according to TagPay, a mobile payment technology provider

Yves Eonnet and Hervé Manceron, co-founders of TagPay, said this in their new analysis of the digital revolution, Fintech: The Banks Counter-attack.

“Africa is the Silicon Valley of banking,” said the authors. The bank of the future is being invented in Africa, and it is more agile and close to its customers. TagPay is behind the first Digital Banking System (DBS), which not only provides banks with the open architecture, real-time capability and agility they need in a digitalized world, but also offers an integrated solution that allows a financial institution to be set up in six months.

The authors show how fintechs have been powerful tools for financial inclusion in sub-Saharan Africa. In a region where the population remains largely unbanked but whose growth in terms of access to smartphones is the fastest in the world (+ 350% increase between 2007 and 2016), digital banking is the solution to the shortcomings in traditional banking infrastructure.

The second major observation of the book is that the popularity of digital banking solutions in sub-Saharan Africa makes the region a source of inspiration for the rest of the world. “In terms of disruptive innovation, the weight of the installed systems is an obstacle that is always difficult to overcome. The lack of existing systems frees Africa from these constraints, allowing it to realise its financial inclusion projects. The continent is making a technological leap by deploying the digital bank to serve these new populations. This is how Africa has invented before our eyes the bank of the future.”

TagPay has also announced a partnership with one point, designed to provide integrated digital solutions to banks around the world.

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