Category: Technology

MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: National Commercial Bank, Development Bank of Jamaica Partner to Allow Microborrowers to Access Loan Funds Via Automated Banking Machines

The National Commercial Bank (NCB), a government-owned bank in Jamaica, reportedly has launched a pilot operation in partnership with the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which is also owned by the Jamaican government, in preparation to allow for the disbursal of funds to clients of microfinance institutions (MFIs) through automated banking machines (ABMs). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Rejecting Kenya’s M-Pesa Model, Central Bank of Nigeria Bars Telecommunications Companies from Becoming Licensed Mobile Money Operators

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the country’s central banking authority, reportedly has decided that telecommunications companies will not be allowed to become licensed mobile money operators for fear that they will limit competition within the industry. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Telenor Participates in Launch of MicroEnsure Asia, Opportunity International Sells Stakes in MicroEnsure to International Finance Corporation (IFC), Omidyar Network

MicroEnsure, a microinsurance intermediary founded by US-based nonprofit Opportunity International, has partnered with Telenor Group, a Norwegian mobile communications company, to launch MicroEnsure Asia, which will provide insurance products to Telenor’s business units in Asia. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Singapore’s Tagit, Vietnam’s Smartlink Launch Mobile Banking Service in Vietnam

Tagit, a Singaporean mobile technology company, reportedly has partnered with Vietnamese mobile payment provider Smartlink to launch a mobile banking service that will link the customers of 51 financial institutions and insurance providers. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Millicom, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, US Agency for International Development Offer Financial Literacy Training, Loans to Rwandan Women to Become Tigo Mobile Money Agents

Millicom International Cellular, a Luxembourg-based telecommunications company also known as Tigo; the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, a UK-based charity promoting women’s entrepreneurship; and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a US government agency that provides international economic and humanitarian assistance, have partnered to assist 4,000 women in Rwanda  to become Tigo mobile money agents. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Diamond Bank of Nigeria Introduces ‘Diamond-in-Motion’ Mobile Banking Truck

Diamond Bank Public Limited Company (PLC), a commercial bank in Nigeria, recently launched “Diamond-in-Motion”, a mobile banking service truck that will allow customers to open new accounts, pay bills and use a automated teller machine (ATM) as well as make deposits and withdrawals. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Banks in Indonesia Claim Readiness for Branchless Banking, Pending Regulation Issuance

Banks across Indonesia have reportedly stated that their information technology systems will be ready to handle branchless banking by 2013 pending the issuance of authorizing regulation from Bank Indonesia (BI), the country’s central bank and financial regulator. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: Globe Telecom of the Philippines to Expand GCash Mobile Services to Point of Sale (POS)

Globe Telecom, a telecommunications company in the Philippines, is reportedly planning on expanding its GCash mobile services to include point-of-sale (POS). Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: TransferTo Partners with AT&T, Taiwan Mobile, Korvac Holdings to Allow Customers to Send, Receive Phone Airtime in the Americas and Asia

TransferTo International, a telecommunications company incorporated in Singapore, recently partnered with AT&T, a US-based telecommunications provider, to allow AT&T mobile phone subscribers in the US to execute TransferTo International Top-Ups via short message service (SMS), also known as text messaging. Continue reading

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MICROCAPITAL BRIEF: President Al Bashir, Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS) Plan 500 New Microfinance Services Centers to Employ 1,000 Graduates

President Al Bashir of Sudan recently met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan (CBOS), Mohamed Khair Alzubeir, to discuss the state of the Sudanese economy as well as specifics of a planned expansion of banking services throughout the country. Continue reading

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