The Econet Group, through its subsidiary, Cassava Fintech International and Mastercard have entered into a strategic partnership to advance digital inclusion around Africa and collaborate on a range of initiatives such as the growth of their Africa Centres for Disease Control (CDC) TravelPass.
TravelPass is a digital health pass developed by Cassava Fintech and provided in conjunction with the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC).
It is available to customers of Cassava Fintech’s Sasai SuperApp and is recognised as one of the primary initiatives in the fight against the cross-border spread of Covid-19 in Africa.
Mastercard is partnering with Cassava Fintech to enhance the safety of TravelPass via Mastercard’s Community Pass stage. Mastercard Community Pass is an interoperable electronic platform providing support delivery for marginalised communities and individuals, including access to critical health services like patient care strategy tracking for Covid-19.
The joint initiative between Mastercard and Cassava Fintech seeks to provide a unified solution with increased convenience and enhanced safety, that is expected to promote safe cross border travelling in Africa in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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The partnership will also enable both businesses research cooperation like the additional integration of this Community Pass with Cassava Fintech’s cellular and financial services, acquiring and processing of card payments throughout the continent, alongside the debut of a physical or virtual card on the Sasai SuperApp.
CEO in Cassava Fintech, Darlington Mandivenga, said the partnership using Mastercard would pave the way for both companies to jointly tackle the challenges facing African economies since they re-open place the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re eager to work with Mastercard to explore solutions that can, among other things, mitigate the risk of falsified presentation of another party’s Traveling Pass at transit and access points,” Mandivenga stated, adding that the exact same technology could also be utilised in payment options.
Cassava Fintech employs an integrated model to present financial and digital services to guarantee a”fiscally inclusive future that renders no African American behind”.
Divisional President, Southern Africa, Mastercard, Mark Elliott, stated: “We look forward to linking hands with Cassava Fintech in exploring new solutions that can make a difference and benefit the continent. In addition to electronic innovation for future travel, Cassava will also leverage our secure payments network to progress access to financial services.”
Mastercard is a leading global technology company dedicated to building an inclusive, sustainable digital economy that benefits everybody, everywhere, making transactions safe, easy, smart and accessible.