Zimswitch today announced a partnership with Mastercard that they say will “enable the modernization of Zimbabwe’s payment infrastructure”. Whilst Zimswitch and Mastercard are yet to announce any joint products/services, there are hints as to what they will be working on.
Zimswitch issued a press statement on the partnership and some of the things they highlighted there include the following;
- launch of a co-branded contactless card programme that features EMV technology to enable safer, smarter and more secure transactions;
- The payment switch will also introduce Mastercard’s digital payment solutions;
- A loyalty platform;
- a national fraud and risk management solution to protect consumers, financial institutions and merchants against criminal activity;
- Zimswitch will leverage Mastercard Payments Gateway Services to support small businesses;
- The platform will process all payments from all major international card schemes, enabling international visitors and locals to book and pay for their travel, visas and government services online;
The EMV related announcement is not much of a surprise. The RBZ demanded that banks start issuing out cards with the technology last year. Despite the security advantages banks couldn’t afford to do so, thus it will be interesting to see if Zimswitch’s involvement will change that.
Whilst most of the details shared in the press statement are pretty vague, we are reaching out to both Zimswitch and Mastercard to get more details of what we can expect from the partnership.
Speaking on the partnership, central bank Governor John Mangudya had the following to say;
We see this partnership as a positive development that will help us achieve our long-standing vision and our strategic plan to modernise payments systems and infrastructure and build an inclusive financial sector that supports the socio-economic development of the country.
Given that Zimswitch was announced as the designated national switch, it’s no surprise that the move is being given a stamp of approval by the RBZ.