The Visa and Direct Pay Online Group Partnership will enable 20,000 more merchants to accept mVisa payments, connecting more people and businesses to the global economy. Consumers will be able to use Visa’s innovative, secure and interoperable mobile payment solution at leading airlines, hotels, travel agents and tour operators across the country. mVisa is a mobile payment solution, backed by Visa’s global payment network. It enables consumers to pay merchants or send money to friends and family direct from their bank account via their mobile banking app. mVisa also offers merchants of all sizes a cost-effective and secure way to accept electronic payments.
Direct Pay Online Group (DPO) is the leading online payment service provider in Africa. It was established in Kenya in 2006 and has since expanded to Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The Group processes merchant payments, mobile money and e-wallets. “Visa’s partnership with Direct Pay Online is an important milestone in our mission to enable digital commerce across Africa,” says Sunny Walia, General Manager, East Africa for Visa. “Now even more merchants and customers will benefit from the speed, convenience and security that mVisa offers whether they are making online or in-store payments”.
Consumers can pay merchants by scanning a QR code on a smart phone or by entering a merchant number into a feature phone. The payment is pushed directly from the consumer’s bank account into the merchant’s account and provides real-time notification to both parties. As we move towards a more digitized economy that is all about convenience, the Visa and Direct Pay partnership will provide customers and merchants a safe and easy method to connect and interact.