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Cellulant and Solv Kenya partner in payments deal to serve micro SMEs tracking transactions have historically been a problem for many small businesses and financial institutions have to deal with this gap . This partnership gives us the chance to handle financial services more quickly and effectively to support their daily operations , which supports our goal of utilising digital capabilities to enhance MSMEs ’ profitability , enable growth , and operational efficiency .”

Leading Pan-African payments provider

Cellulant and MSMEs-focused B2B digital platform Solv Kenya have signed a financial services partnership that will enable Solv Kenya ’ s expanding MSME partners to access digital payment and collections services offered by Cellulant .
Following the announcement of Solv ’ s commercial operations in Kenya last month , the partnership will enable MSMEs using the Solv Kenya platform to reconcile , receive , and view all their payments on the go under one roof .
Sheila Kimani-Omukuba , CEO , Solv Kenya , said the collaboration will enable efficient and seamless transactions for the various business enterprises participating in the SOLV marketplace . “ Processing and
“ The challenge of access to financing for MSMEs has ripple effects across the economy . We ’ re going beyond offering payment solutions – pairing payment processing with other solutions to offer increased value to businesses ,” added Faith Nkatha , Country Manager , Cellulant Kenya . “ This is an important partnership for us at Cellulant as it speaks directly to our goals – enabling seamless payments thereby accelerating economic growth across Africa .”

Orange launches Orange Digital Centre in Botswana

Orange has announced the official opening of the Orange Digital Centre in Botswana , a one stop place entirely dedicated to the development of digital skills and innovation .

The centre brings together four strategic programmes of the Orange group , namely , a coding school , a solidarity FabLab , an Orange Fab and Orange Ventures Middle East and Africa .
All the programmes are provided free-of charge and open to everyone .
Jerome Henique , CEO , Orange Middle East and Africa , said : “ I am honoured to be part of the launch of our 12th Orange Digital Centre today in Botswana , which is part of a network of 32 Orange Digital Centres that will be deployed not only in Africa and the Middle East , but also in Europe by 2023 . The objective is to democratise access to digital technology for young people – with or without qualifications .”
Nene Maiga , CEO , Orange Botswana , said : “ At Orange Botswana , we are committed to digital equality . We recognise this means bold actions and big investment to change the current narrative and status quo . That is why we have made the commitment to leverage the Orange Digital Centre to meet Botswana ’ s needs , to buttress existing efforts to address the pressing challenges of economic inequality which is often perpetuated by a lack of digital inclusion .” p
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