To tweet this news: #MasterCard announces licensing of @GTBankKenya to issue electronic payment products

Nairobi, Kenya: MasterCard today announced the licensing of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) to issue MasterCard debit, credit and prepaid cards in Kenya. The collaboration is expected to increase the adoption of electronic payments in the country, especially in the retail banking sector.

James Wainaina, Vice President and Area Business Head, MasterCard East Africa said: “MasterCard’s vision for East Africa and the rest of Africa is a world beyond cash and we can only achieve this by working with industry partners that have a similar goal. As our nation moves towards being a cashless society, we are proud to work with GTBank as they move towards retail banking and whose retail focus will further the adoption of electronic payment systems in Kenya’s fast-growing retail sector.”

The West African bank’s recent entry into Kenya has seen it increase its portfolio from corporate focused banking to retail banking. The expansion of GTBank’s footprint into East Africa is a significant move that will see the conversion of existing retail payment products to those of MasterCard. It also demonstrates GTBank’s understanding of the region’s retail banking sector, which it sees as a key pinnacle for economic growth. The 2013 report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics lists the retail banking sector as a vibrant one whose growth is buoyed by the increasing urbanization of Kenyans, an expanding middle class and steadily improving financial literacy. In 2012 alone, the sector accounted for 15.2 % of the nation’s GDP, indicating an increasing appetite for card usage,

Commenting on the partnership, Adekunle Sonola, Managing Director, GTBank East Africa said: “As we move towards fully establishing a strong retail banking sector, we are pleased to collaborate with MasterCard, which is already working with industry stakeholders to develop market relevant payment products and solutions. Our newly established operations in East Africa will allow us to provide our customers with financial products that meet their evolving banking needs. As a bank that is passionate about innovation, we are pleased to work with MasterCard, an organization that is a leader in this area.”

The collaboration comes at a time when MasterCard is working in partnership with governments and financial institutions in Kenya and across the continent to broaden usage and acceptance of electronic payments, thus promoting their benefits relative to cash transactions of convenience, security and reliability.

As a result of this partnership, cardholders will enjoy access to over 36.9 million MasterCard Point of Sale terminals in over 210 countries and territories where MasterCard is accepted.

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About MasterCard
MasterCard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, @MasterCardMEA, join the discussion on the Cashless Pioneers Blog and subscribe for the latest news on the Engagement Bureau

About Guaranty Trust Bank
Guaranty Trust Bank, www.gtbank.com  is a foremost African financial institution with vast business outlays spanning Anglophone West Africa and the United Kingdom. The bank currently employs over 7,600 people in Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone and the United Kingdom.  The Bank has a corporate banking bias and strong service culture that have enabled it record consistent year on year growth in clientele base and key financial indices since its inception in 1990. Its operation style, staff conduct and service delivery models are built on 8 core principles aptly dubbed; The Orange Rules in line with the Bank’s vibrant Orange corporate colour.  Follow us on Twitter @gtbankkenya, facebook gtbankkenya and Youtube gtbankkenya, google gtbankkenya and for the latest news on Kenya go to www.gtbank.co.ke

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Louise Wanjohi
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
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Bernadette Ngara
GTBank
Bernadette.ngara@gtbank.co.ke