Safaricom has Successfully Completed the Acquisition of M-Pesa

Safaricom has successfully completed the acquisition of M-Pesa Holding Limited from Vodafone International Holdings BV, securing the entire issued share capital.

M-Pesa Holding’s Crucial Role

M-Pesa Holding serves as the corporate trustee, holding M-Pesa customer funds under the M-Pesa trust arrangement, in compliance with the National Payment System Regulations of 2014.

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Smooth Transaction Process

The share purchase agreement between the two entities was initiated in mid-April, and the completion of the transaction was contingent on satisfying customary conditions for such deals. This included obtaining approvals from shareholders and relevant regulators, all of which have been successfully fulfilled.

M-Pesa’s Remarkable Journey

Established on March 6, 2007, by Vodafone’s Kenyan associate, Safaricom, M-Pesa has evolved into one of the largest payments platforms in Africa. With 40 million users and over a billion monthly transactions, M-Pesa operates across various African countries, including Kenya, Tanzania, Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Mozambique, and Egypt.

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Global Expansion Plans

To extend its reach beyond the African continent, Safaricom is exploring potential global partnerships. Recently, there have been discussions about a collaboration with Apple Inc. to expand M-Pesa’s footprint globally, indicating strategic foresight.

Technological Evolution of M-Pesa

Approximately 25 percent of all M-Pesa customers currently have access to a smartphone, with this figure growing by 10 percent each year. This highlights the platform’s adaptability to technological advancements.

Facilitating International eCommerce

Safaricom has already established a collaborative relationship with PayPal, facilitating the seamless movement of funds between M-PESA and PayPal accounts. This collaboration has significantly boosted international eCommerce.

Looking Ahead

The successful acquisition of M-Pesa Holding underscores Safaricom’s strategic moves in the rapidly evolving digital finance landscape. As the platform continues to innovate and expand, it remains a key player in shaping the future of mobile money in Africa and beyond.