“The lessons learned from the GFC encouraged policymakers worldwide to work furiously to get economies back into shape through a series of fierce and co-ordinated policy responses to the impacts of Covid-19. In turn, this has encouraged a consensus view amongst economists that the recovery from the crisis will be V-shaped,” writes Cannon Asset Managers CE Adrian Saville.
Kenya’s top telecoms operator Safaricom has seen a 70% surge in data usage as people stay at home to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, it said on Tuesday.
Safaricom and Vodacom recently announced the completion of the acquisition of the M-pesa brand as well as product development and support services from Vodafone through a newly created joint venture. This move is expected to accelerate M-pesa's growth in Africa. Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Safaricom Chief Officer for Financial Services joins CNBC Africa for more.
Ethiopia has shut the door for foreign mobile phone companies like Safaricom, which had hoped to introduce its popular M-Pesa mobile money transfer platform in the market of 100 million people. According to the central bank, only allow locally-owned non-financial institutions would be allowed to offer mobile money services as it seeks to boost non-cash payments. Writer and Analyst Samuel Getachew joins CNBC Africa for more.
As the world copes in quarantine, the Kenyan private sector is making moves to alleviate customers' experience during this time with Safaricom waiving transfer fees and increasing daily M-Pesa transaction limits, to large supermarket chains like Tuskys providing home delivery services. Journalist, Joseph Bonyo joins CNBC Africa for more.
According to the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange Plc, Acacia mining officially delisted from the bourse on Monday, two months after the company was delisted from the London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group. This will cut the DSE's total market capitalization by $1.182 billion. Also Vodacom Tanzania earnings rose by 6.5 per cent in the six months to September 2019, driven by strong revenue growth in its M-Pesa, mobile data and messaging services. Alpha Marwa, Managing Partner at Vervet Global Tanzania joins CNBC Africa for more.
Safaricom's M-pesa revenues are expected to take a hit to 13.3 year-on-year from 18.20 per cent that was reported in the first half of 2019 according to a report by Genghis Capital, now the decline has been attributed to the performance of the betting industry which accounts for about 7 per cent of M-pesa revenues. For more on this, Research Analyst from Genghis Capital, Patrick Mumu joins CNBC Africa for more.
The proportion of Kenya’s population with access to formal financial services rose to 83 percent driven largely by mobile technology,