Roshan and Western Union launch international mobile money transfer service in Afghanistan
By insightVAS - Wed May 23, 3:16 pm
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Roshan, Afghanistan’s leading total communications provider, and Western Union, a leader in global payment services, have jointly launched the Western Union Mobile Money Transfer service in Afghanistan that enables Roshan’s M-Paisa customers to receive money from abroad. Roshan launched M-Paisa in 2008, and became the first company to bring mobile financial services to the people of Afghanistan.
Now, M-Paisa customers in Afghanistan can receive Western Union Mobile Money Transfer transactions from around the world directly into their mobile wallet accounts from families, in particular from countries with the largest population of Afghans living abroad, like UAE, Germany and Canada.
“To partner with such a recognized global brand such as Western Union is another example of innovation that Roshan brings to Afghanistan,” said Karim Khoja, chief executive officer, Roshan. “Together, Roshan and Western Union are enabling distant families to be connected, and also offering peace of mind for those with relatives in Afghanistan, who have previously struggled to send money back home. The launch of this service is another step to making financial inclusion a reality for the almost 97 percent of Afghans who do not have access to traditional financial services, and is a continued demonstration of our mission to support economic development and empowerment throughout Afghanistan.”
Roshan launched M-Paisa using technology from Vodafone, one of the world’s leading international mobile communications groups. Today, since the launch of the mobile money service in November 2008, M-Paisa has over 1 million customers enabled to receive their salaries, pay bills, receive and repay microfinance loans, send and receive money and purchase airtime directly from their Roshan phone.
Western Union’s Mobile Money Transfer service is available in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Paraguay, the Philippines, Tanzania, Uganda and the U.S. Western Union also has numerous agreements with other mobile operators and banks to introduce the service in the future.
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