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Fintech has the potential to revolutionize the African financial services landscape. Already mobile payments and microloan technologies are taking root rapidly across the continent.

The success of mobile money provider M-Pesa in many countries such as Egypt, Ghana, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Romania, and Tanzania among others is an example of the potential of fintech on the continent. 

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Financial Inclusion

In Africa access to traditional financial services is limited. Transaction costs with banks are usually very restrictive. This coupled with poor infrastructure, lack of employment and rural environments has created room for fintech innovators in financial services provision.  

62% of the African population remains un/underbanked. Mobile phones are relatively more accessible which has increased the reach of mobile money services. In sub-Saharan Africa mobile money transactions account for 10% of the region's GDP against an average of 2% in other economies; this