UnionPay and Interswitch Partner to Digitise Payments across Africa

UnionPay International and Interswitch East Africa have partnered to support digitalization across the continent, allowing cardholders and merchants within the region to transact seamlessly and conveniently across various platforms on the global UPI network.

The agreement with Interswitch will facilitate UnionPay card acceptance across ATMs, Points-of-Sale, QR Payments and online payments, thereby consolidating the existing partnership with Interswitch in West Africa, helping to drive wider acceptance on the continent.

These initiatives are expected to ultimately enhance the current payment landscape and in turn, improve the lives of the mass markets in Africa.

“UPI and Interswitch East Africa share a mission to provide convenient and secure payment solutions across Africa, and this partnership continues our work to broaden acceptance to cardholders transacting across the region”, says Romana Rajput, Country General Manager for Kenya at Interswitch East Africa, “I look forward to working with the UPI team and am excited for the opportunities this new agreement presents”.

Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch Group Founder and CEO says that the new licensing agreement reinforced Interswitch’s focus on achieving broad acceptance.

“We are delighted to expand our existing partnership with UPI, this time to East Africa. The region presents great opportunity following significant transformation in recent years with the rapidly increasing adoption of digital technologies. This new agreement is aligned with our vision to make payments a seamless part of everyday life in Africa, and we look forward to consolidating our relationship with the UPI team.”

Edited by Jenna Delport