Mobile money transactions in Kenya have reached 68% of the country’s GDP, indicating the significant role mobile money plays in the economy.
- The overall value of mobile money transactions in Kenya reached a staggering Sh7.91 trillion in 2022, marking a 15% increase compared to the previous year.
- The growth of mobile money has led to competition between mobile money wallets and commercial banks, as more Kenyans prefer digitally enabled alternatives over cash-based transactions.
- The paper emphasizes that mobile money and remittances will continue to dominate Africa’s economic development if supported by tools that enhance data-driven transparency and compliance.
- The adoption of new technologies, global policies, and data governance have a profound impact on African economies, with a particular emphasis on mobile money and financial inclusion.
- Sub-Saharan Africa alone accounts for 70% of the global mobile money market, highlighting the region’s leadership in this sector.
- Governments in Africa are urged to invest in regulatory frameworks, leverage technology for compliance, and mitigate risks associated with money laundering, financial terrorism, and scams.
- Remittances accounted for at least 10% of the GDP of emerging and developing countries, with international remittances to low and middle-income countries reaching $626 billion in 2022.
- The value of mobile money transactions in Kenya is projected to surge to 68% of GDP by the end of the 2022/2023 Fiscal Year.
- The article also briefly mentions the need for increased data centers to meet current data protection and sovereignty requirements in Africa.