January 15, 2013

MasterCard today announced an agreement with Kenyan bank Equity Bank to issue five million MasterCard-branded debit and prepaid cards over the next 18 months to serve the underbanked in five East African markets.

MasterCard debit and prepaid cards with chip-enabled technology will be issued first into the Kenyan market and then extended into Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, and South Sudan, which the company says is the largest rollout of EMV payment cards in sub-Saharan Africa to date. The cards will also feature PayPass capabilities, to coincide with the installation of PayPass enabled point of sale terminals across the region.

The suite of products that will be made available in the East African region will include mobile point of sale technology, which allows merchants to receive payments via add-ons linked to secure applications on their mobile devices.

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