- Domestic Mobile Payments to Reach 203 Billion in Five Years —Report
The volume of domestic mobile payments is estimated to grow by 56 per cent to reach 203 billion by 2024, a new data from Juniper Research, has shown.
The report published on Monday noted that domestic Peer-to-Peer payments will drive this growth; accounting for 80 per cent of all domestic transfers in 2024.
The study found that growth would be fastest in Nigeria and other African countries as operator-driven mobile money solutions were boosting financial inclusion at a rapid rate.
According to the new research entitled, ‘Digital Money Transfer & Remittances: Domestic & International Markets 2019-2024,’ domestic transfers are being driven by increasingly easy mobile payment systems.
Analysts at Juniper Research noted that in developing markets, mobile money provided by network operators was a key enabler of financial inclusion; enabling the unbanked to enter into the wider digital economy.
“In developed markets, digital wallets have made Peer-to-Peer payments simpler, with services including PayPal, Venmo and Cash App enabling low cost, fast and secure payments for a rapidly growing number of users,” the report stated.
The study found that the rise in social payments was driving growth in the mobile P2P channel, adding that payments via Venmo had a strong social element, which had boosted its popularity with millennials.
It explained that the introduction of Libra by Facebook would further leverage social features, boosting the potential of social payments in a vast addressable market.
Research author at Juniper Research, Nick Maynard said, “Social payments are highly appealing to younger users, as they enable simple and effective digital payments to displace cash. However, data security concerns about mixing payments and social networks will impact consumer attitudes among older users.”
Largely due to the ‘red envelope’ phenomenon in China during the Chinese New Year, the report stated that Chinese transactions would account for 68 per cent of the total volume of domestic mobile transfers in 2019.
According to the research, Alipay and WeChat Pay have become a crucial part of the process and will drive future growth in this market.
Nigeria Corporations Paid N238.1 Billion Income Tax Via E-channels in 2020
Companies in Nigeria have started embracing electronic payment platforms established to ease the tax payment process and facilitate accountability.
According to the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), businesses operating in Nigeria paid the highest amount of taxes through electronic channels in five years in 2020.
The statistics office puts the total amount paid in Company Income Tax (CIT) through the electronic channels at N238.1 billion in 2020.
The amount represents 16.9 percent of the total CIT paid in 2020 as more businesses adopt safer online payment methods.
NBS noted that payments were done through E-transact, E-tax pay and Remita.
However, a further breakdown of the report showed taxes fell by 13.5 percent from N1.63 trillion in 2019 to 1.41 trillion in 2020 due to the lockdown that crippled business activities in the first half of the year.
Taxes paid by Nigerian owned companies declined by 2.78 percent from N813.17 billion in 2019 to N790.58 billion in 2020. While taxes paid by international companies declined from N615.52 billion achieved in 2019 to N388.77 billion in 2020.
Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man With $12.1 Billion Net Worth -Forbes
Nigerian industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is Africa’s richest person for the tenth year in a row.
In the Forbes Africa latest billionaires list, Dangote’s total net worth stood at $12.1 billion, a $2 billion increment when compared to last year. Thanks to the 30 percent increase in the price of Dangote Cement share.
Nassef Sawiris of Egypt followed Dangote with $8.5 billion net worth with the majority of his investments coming from construction and other investments.
In third place was Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa with an $8 billion total net worth.
Portland Paints, Chemical and Allied Products Plc Agreed to Merge
Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc and Chemical and Allied Products Plc have agreed to merge, according to the latest statement from both companies.
In a statement released through the Nigerian Stock Exchange, the Board of Directors of CAP said we are “pleased to inform you that following discussions and negotiations, the Boards of CAP and Portland Paints have reached an agreement to undertake a merger between both entities (the “Merger” or the “Proposed Merger”).
Accordingly, we “hereby present to you the terms and benefits of the Proposed Merger for your consideration and seek your support and approval to effect the Proposed Merger.
“The Proposed Merger presents a compelling opportunity to create significant value for shareholders of CAP and achieve the company’s strategic growth objectives as a larger company with a broader product portfolio, more corporate owned brands and diversified revenues.
“The resultant entity is also expected to benefit from enhanced distribution capabilities in addition to economies of scale and operational efficiencies.”
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