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First mobile-first international payment network launched in East Africa

According to World Bank, the country received a total of $390 million in 2015 from over 4 Million expatriates living abroad.

Tanzanians will now be able to send money straight from their mobile wallets across the world with the inclusion of a mobile-first international payment network that has successfully obtained regulatory approval from the Bank of Tanzania to launch International Money transfer services to mobile wallets in Tanzania. This is the first-of-its-kind license in Tanzania courtesy of TerraPay.

“Tanzania is one of the fastest growing countries in mobile wallet space with a total of 18 million active mobile money subscribers. The Bank of Tanzania’s recent move to provide TerraPay with a license to send international remittances to mobile wallets in the region will provide a boost to remittances in Tanzania. We are positive that other partners will join the TerraPay hub which will help to grow and sustain remittances to mobile wallet in the region,” Ambar Sur, Founder and CEO of TerraPay said.

Furthermore, the company has also been licensed by Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority for mobile based domestic payments in Tanzania. Through a partnership with Selcom, the leading mobile money aggregator in Tanzania, TerraPay can send money to all the prominent mobile wallets in Tanzania.

Tanzania is now part of the TerraPay global network and partners from across the world can send money to mobile wallets in the country. Tanzanian diaspora in UK, France, Italy, Canada, US, South Africa, and other countries can send remittances directly to Vodacom M-Pesa, Tigo Pesa, Airtel Money, and Zantel Ezy Pesa Mobile Money accounts by visiting the nearest TerraPay partner store. TerraPay provides a convenient way for Tanzanian migrants to send remittances safely and instantly to widely use Mobile Money wallets in Tanzania. This also means that friends and family of the expatriates can avoid making long, expensive trips to pick up cash.

“The partnership between Selcom and TerraPay is one that aims to add value to the growing remittance market in Tanzania. By providing access to more international players, recipients in Tanzania gain the benefits of choice and convenience, which tie into Selcom’s core mission of empowering citizens through technology. Selcom looks forward to supporting the growth of TerraPay in the coming months,” Sameer Hirji, Executive Director of Selcom said.

Remittances have played a crucial role in the economy of Tanzania. According to World Bank, the country received a total of $390 million in 2015 from over 4 Million expatriates living abroad.

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