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MTN Rwanda sets up FinTech subsidiary

By IGIHE
On 30 April 2021 at 10:53

MTN Rwandacell Plc (MTN Rwanda) has received approval from the National Bank of Rwanda to set up its FinTech subsidiary, Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd, to provide and manage Mobile Money services in Rwanda, effective 27th April 2021.

Chantal Kagame has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer to drive business development, strategy, innovation, and day to day operations of the company.

The setting up of Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd is in line with MTN Rwanda’s strategy to lead digital solutions while contributing to the national economic strategy on enhancing cashless transactions that offer convenience and security to all Rwandans.

Speaking about the new standalone firm, MTN Rwanda CEO, Mitwa Ng’ambi said: “We are very glad to announce the establishment of Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd as a wholly owned subsidiary of MTN Rwanda. One of the key pillars in our strategy is to establish platforms that our customers find valuable. This restructure will ensure that the Mobile Money business remains agile, well poised for future growth and accelerated innovation. Mobile Money has matured over the last ten years in Rwanda, and this marks a pivotal milestone in our journey toward a cashless economy.”

Commenting about her appointment, Chantal Kagame said, “I am really excited to be given this opportunity to lead Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd. The prospects for future growth and expansion of Mobile Money services in Rwanda are immense. Our commitment is to enhance the MoMo user experience and keep innovating products and services aligned with our digital ambition. The transition process to a standalone business has now kicked off and we look forward to cementing Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd as a key FinTech player in the Rwandan market.”

Prior to Chantal’s appointment, she held the role of Chief Business and Corporate Affairs Officer since she joined MTN in 2018.

She is a senior Telecom Executive with over 19 years of experience in Multinational Telecommunications.

She has a track record of excellent achievement in areas of Executive Leadership, Sales and Distribution, Mobile Financial Services, Strategy Development and Execution, Corporate Affairs and Credit Management. Prior to joining MTN Rwanda, Chantal was the Deputy CEO/COO at Tigo Rwanda for 3 years and Head of Sales, Distribution and Corporate Affairs at the same company from 2011 to 2015.

The establishment of Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd does not in any way affect nor change the delivery of services to current Mobile Money customers. Mobile Money customers will continue to enjoy access to the wide range of MoMo products and services, the over 30,000 Mobile Money agents and 60,000 MoMoPay merchants across the country.

MTN foresees an even brighter future to further expand and deepen its offerings to the public in line with Rwanda’s vision to become a fully cashless economy.

About MTN Rwandacell

MTN Rwandacell Plc (MTN Rwanda) is the market leader in mobile telecommunications in Rwanda. Since 1998, we have continuously invested in expanding and modernising our footprint and are the country’s No 1 network. MTN Rwanda offers various innovative services to consumers and enterprises, including personalised voice, data, home and fixed connectivity solutions. The company is also the front runner in mobile financial services in Rwanda delivered through its FinTech subsidiary, Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd.

About Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd

Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd is MTN Rwanda’s FinTech subsidiary, established on 27th April 2021 to provide and manage Mobile Money services in Rwanda. The company has over 30,000 Mobile Money agents and 60,000 MoMoPay merchants across the country. The penetration of Mobile Money has seen a continuous rise with the enhancement of existing offerings such as MoMoPay, MTN m-Ticketing as a digital user-friendly ticketing solution, Tap&Go payments for bus services, Bill Payments, Bulk Payments, Electricity purchase, Payment of Government services, Bank Push & Pull, MoKash Loans & Savings, and more.

Chantal Kagame has been appointed the Chief Executive Officer of the FinTech subsidiary to drive business development, strategy, innovation, and day to day operations of the company.

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