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M-PESA goes global in partnership with Western Union

Western Union, Regional Vice-President Richard Malcolm and Safaricom Chief Customer Officer, Sylvia Mulinge

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 6 – Safaricom has launched M-Pesa Global in partnership with Western Union that will allow M-Pesa customers to send and receive money from any part of the world via a mobile phone. 

M-Pesa customers can also now send money to over half a million Western Union agents across the world.

“M-PESA Global seeks to connect Kenyans to opportunities by making it easy and seamless for them to transact with the world and for the world to transact with Kenyans,” said Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Chief Financial Services Officer, Safaricom.  

Additionally, M-Pesa customers can now send and receive money to banks in the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and Germany with other countries being rolled out in the coming weeks.

M-PESA Global already allows customers to make and receive payments from more than 200 million PayPal customers from 200 markets across the world.

Other partners available on the platform include World Remit and HomeSend among others.

Customers can access the new service by dialling *840# or by selecting “M-PESA Global” under the M-PESA menu on mySafaricomApp.

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