Airtel Uganda through a partnership with the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) digital is working to deepen financial inclusion in rural Uganda by onboarding 300 new Airtel Money agents, 400 Airtel Pay merchants and 500,000 Airtel Money customers so as to reach the targeted one million newly registered Airtel Money customers in the North and West Nile regions of Uganda.
The partnership will go a long way in supporting government`s financial inclusion strategy 2017 – 2022 to make sure that women, youth and rural populations are reached by services of the financial sector while building the digital infrastructure necessary to broaden savings, investment, insurance and reduce barriers to access to financial services.
According to Airtel Uganda`s Managing Director Manoj Murali, the company is implementing a strategy dubbed “leaving no one behind in the digital era” to boost uptake of their affordable and secure mobile money services.
The Acting Executive Director of the Uganda Communications Commission Irene Kaggwa-Sewankambo applauded the partnership saying it will not just extend digital financial services to the population but will also provide new avenues for job creation and self-employment especially beyond the pandemic. She said government has undertaken legal reforms which are expected to increase access to quality and affordable digital finance and payment services in the economy.