December 16, 2021

Mastercard, ProgressSoft partner to simplify remittances across MENA

categories : banking

The partnership enables banks to onboard Mastercard Cross-Border Services within half the time as compared to before

Mastercard has entered into a strategic partnership with the real-time payment solutions company, ProgressSoft, to ease the integration of Mastercard Cross-Border Services and accelerate cross-border remittances across the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region.

With Mastercard Cross-Border Services, financial service providers can seamlessly process digital payments leveraging its global network through a single connection. Furthermore, these cross-border payments can reach almost anywhere in the world with certainty and predictability, and without back-end charges. Mastercard’s platform plays a key role in improving world-wide connectivity, by providing new and enhanced innovation across the global digital ecosystem.

Through this partnership, Mastercard and ProgressSoft will help reduce the integration time by at least half. The expedition of bank onboarding will also allow Mastercard to accelerate the rollout of its Cross-Border Services network across the Mena region, allowing financial institutions to meet rising consumer demand for faster remittances.

Describing the impact of Mastercard’s partnership with ProgressSoft, Pankaj Asthaana, VP of Digital Payments & Labs (MENA) at Mastercard, said: “Following the successful implementation of our technology across leading regional banks, we now look forward to working with ProgressSoft to transform how banks across the region process cross-border payments. This partnership makes it easier and faster for banks to onboard and integrate Mastercard Cross-Border Services – a platform that also relieves banks from the remittance certification process.”

ProgressSoft, which is based in Jordan, serves more than 650,000 users in 24 countries with services including blockchain-based central bank digital currencies and automated clearing houses.

ProgressSoft’s CEO Michael Wakileh, said: “Partnering with Mastercard to facilitate the smooth integration of its Mastercard Cross-Border Services platform enables ProgressSoft to further realize its mission to simplify daily tasks in business and in life. As a pioneer of real-time payment solutions, we recognise the intrinsic benefits of faster cross-border remittances to people, communities and organizations around the world.”

Mastercard’s Cross-Border Services enable banks, fintechs, mobile network operators and exchange houses to modernize remittances, offering unbeatable speed and security. Bolstered by the acquisition of Transfast in 2019, Mastercard enables its partners to better respond to the challenges in a post-pandemic world by providing safe, convenient ways to Cross-Border Services and receive money nearly anywhere in the world.

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