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I expect to see a continued increase in technology-focused finance solutions, real-time API-driven integrations focused on business and end-user self-service options.



MEDIA 7: The Emerging Fintech Forum was established in Feb 2021. What inspired you to start the company?
TRAVIS MATTHEW:
Well, it was actually an introductory video call with Patrick Faulkner-king (Co-Founder of the Emerging Fintech Forum) many years ago for work. I was in San Francisco, he was in Singapore and the call dropped, so I reached him on video. Seeing such incredible environments really humanized this first interaction and allowed a global business to flourish. At this point, I’m inspired by the Members and Advisors who have joined the EFF!


M7: Could you please share your opinion on the future of ‘Finance and Technology’?
TM:
I expect to see a continued increase in technology-focused finance solutions, real-time API-driven integrations focused on business and end-user self-service options. Scheme and bank innovation is a logical next step.


If you are culturally connected and saying the right thing, in the right way, to the right person across all touchpoints, then the business will grow organically.



M7: The first Emerging Fintech Forum was held a month ago, and some truly innovative products were launched. Could you please give us an insight into the event?
TM:
With 1,000’s of registered members, it was an extensive three-hour debut event with many amazing speakers discussing payments, compliance, crypto, and the future of FinTech. Personally, I think that McLEAR stole the show, with their innovative contactless payment rings from the UK that we showcased to the American market.


M7: The Emerging Fintech Forum’s debut USA event featured discussions about local cultures and the fintechs that serve them. Could you please elaborate on this?
TM:
Fintech solutions are targeted at serving countries in different ways, this is to conform to local regulations and to accommodate for local market trends and use cases. The EFF USA event showcased global contributors who represented various FinTech solutions adapted to suit local market trends, needs, and cultures. Change is incremental, global tech adoption and roll-out require cross-border collaboration and coordination.


Whenever possible, select natural leaders, you can train people in management, but leaders are born.



M7: You have a strong marketing background. In your digital marketing approach, how do you balance inbound and outbound marketing?
TM:
Thanks, I think that image matters more than ever before. As a graphic designer, the art + copy I create can be translated worldwide. I believe if you are culturally connected and saying the right thing, in the right way, to the right person across all touchpoints, then the business will grow organically.


M7: What is your advice to budding c-suite executives?
TM:
Be clear on what functions the business needs and at what point in time. Appoint people who challenge you, push your boundaries and share your business values. Whenever possible select natural leaders, you can train people in management, but leaders are born and make decisions instinctively.

ABOUT THE EMERGING FINTECH FORUM

Supported by a global leadership team of industry experts focused on driving innovation and collaboration, the Emerging Fintech Forum was established to facilitate local and international business interactions within the fintech and payment sectors - and foster a truly global culture of financial inclusion and diversity. They’re building a unique platform to humanize the typical business interaction, where members are encouraged to submit a personalized ‘Pindrop’ video filmed out of office, introducing themselves, what they do and what type of collaboration they seek. EFF then matches these Pindrops with other members to facilitate introductions. Through their forum, industry experts, leaders, and peers can also learn from one another, share insights and build a network– while discovering the fintechs that are making a real difference in providing secure, reliable, sustainable, and accessible solutions in financial services.

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Orange Finances Money Mali and TerraPay Forge Strategic Partnership for Seamless Cross-border Payments

TerraPay | January 09, 2024

Orange Finances Money Mali, a leading Electronic Money Establishment and subsidiary of Orange Mali, is proud to announce a groundbreaking partnership with TerraPay, a global cross-border payments network with an extensive reach. This partnership marks a significant milestone in the digital financial landscape for Mali, connecting over 12 Million Malians to the vast diaspora residing across the globe, including other African countries. Bringing together Orange Finances Money Mali's commitment to promoting financial inclusion and TerraPay's proven expertise in facilitating secure cross-border payments, this partnership is set to empower Malians with innovative and seamless financial services. Financial inclusion continues to be one of the biggest challenges across West Africa and Orange Finances Money Mali has been dedicated to bridging this gap by striving to boost accessibility and inclusion through their services. One of the key highlights of this alliance is the ease with which Orange Money Mali customers can either cash out the funds received in their wallets or directly use them for everyday needs, including bill payments, supermarket purchases, and person-to-person transfers. Orange Finances Money is dedicated to issuing, managing, and distributing electronic money under the Orange Money brand in Mali. Djeneba Tandjigora, Chief of Transfer Services and Core Business at Orange Finances Money Mali, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, "Orange Money Mali customers can now receive money transfers from several countries using TerraPay's global network. This strategic collaboration simplifies transactions making them quick and secure, enhances the customer experience for Orange Money users and strengthens financial inclusion in Mali." Amel Kane, Regional Sales Manager Francophone West Africa at TerraPay, views this collaboration as an opportunity to enhance the quality of service and customer satisfaction. "With a direct connection to Orange Finances Money Mali, TerraPay can ensure a seamless cross-border payment experience, reducing operational issues and providing prompt assistance to our partner's clients. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to expanding our direct rails and continually improving our service offerings," stated Amel. Combining Orange Finances Money Mali's rapidly growing client database and TerraPay's wide network spanning 120+ receive countries, 210+ send countries, 7.5Bn+ bank accounts, and 2.1Bn+ mobile wallets – this partnership is poised to make a significant impact on the region's digital and financial services landscape. Partnering with Mali's biggest mobile money operator enables TerraPay to stay true to its commitment to quality and provide the best cross-border payment services in the region. Orange Finances Money Mali and TerraPay's strategic partnership not only strengthens connectivity between Mali and the global financial network but also positions both entities for accelerated growth in the digital payments landscape. The convenience and accessibility offered by this collaboration will undoubtedly benefit industry players, the public, customers, and merchants alike. About TerraPay TerraPay simplifies the movement of money everywhere – providing a single connection to the most expansive cross-border payments network regulated in 29 global markets and enabling payments to 120+ receive countries, 210+ send countries, 7.5Bn+ bank accounts and 2.1Bn+ mobile wallets. TerraPay is on a mission to connect a borderless financial world, making moving money everywhere instant, reliable, transparent and fully compliant. TerraPay pushes the boundaries for global businesses – ranging from banks, fintechs and money-transfer operators to travel businesses, creator economy platforms and e-commerce marketplaces – while driving financial inclusion in even the most inaccessible markets. Founded in 2014, TerraPay is headquartered in London, with global offices in Bangalore, Dubai, Miami, Bogota, Dar es Salaam, Kampala, Hague, Dakar, Joburg, Nairobi, Milan, Singapore and is expanding rapidly, having received funding from leading investors, including the IFC (the World Bank), Prime Ventures, Partech Africa and Visa. About Orange Finances Money Mali Orange Finances Money Mali is an Electronic Money Establishment, subsidiary of Orange Mali and approved by the Central Bank of West African States. Created in 2015, the company guarantees the issuance, management, and distribution of electronic money under the Orange Money brand in Mali.

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