The Pacific E-commerce Initiative welcomes the launch of M-PAiSA Mastercard, an exciting addition to Pacific e-payment solutions.
Through M-PAiSA Mastercard, the partnership between Vodafone and Mastercard in Fiji opens the doors for M-PAiSA customers to purchase products domestically and internationally with assured security. Vodafone Fiji Board Chair, Mr Joe Taoi, said, “The launch of M-PAiSA Mastercard will truly transform M-PAiSA into an open loop, globally accepted payment platform allowing users to be able to make online and overseas payment also”.
During the launching event, Hon. Manoa Kamikamica, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Trade, Cooperatives, Small and Medium Enterprises, and Communications, emphasised, “Digital wallets as simple as M-PAiSA genuinely have a positive influence on the Fijian economy. As a powerful tool digital wallets such as M-PAiSA have accelerated development and promoted equality, mobilising funds in the informal sector and empowering our rural communities.”
In his remarks, Mastercard Director Pacific Islands, Mr Craig Kirkland, shared his enthusiasm on the outcomes of the partnership, “Already in the pilot phase we have seen some really great insight into customer behaviour when you provide them a solution that meets their needs and allows them the freedom to spend their own money in a way that suits them.”
The Pacific Regional E-commerce Strategy and Roadmap (the Strategy), endorsed by Pacific Trade Ministers in 2021, highlighted the limited presence of electronic transactions in the Pacific region and the necessity for user-friendly payment gateways. To address this challenge, the Strategy emphasised the importance of forming partnerships with leading global providers as a potential solution.
In alignment with the Strategy’s objectives, the partnership between Vodafone and Mastercard directly addresses these concerns. Specifically, it fulfills Measure 5.1.5 of the Strategy, which focuses on operationalising partnerships with leading payment solutions providers for the creation of Pacific digital wallets with simple functionalities.
Vodafone welcomes registration for M-Paisa Mastercard with online registration available for the convenience of customers. The first 100,000 customers to complete sign-up will receive their Mastercard free of charge.
For more information: Vodafone Fiji – M-PAiSA-Mastercard
Read Full Remarks: Deputy Prime Minister and Minister For Trade, Co-Operatives And Small And Medium Enterprises, and Communications Manoa Kamikamica