The Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System (NIBSS) has revealed that payment of utility bills through electronic means has risen to N2.63tn in 2022.
According to NIBSS Data sighted by Investors King, N2.63tn was recorded on e-bills payment from January 2022 to November 2022 as against N2.05tn of 2021 which amounts to 28.14 per cent increase.
Investors King reports that the electronic bills volume dropped by 31.99 per cent from 841,796 to 1,111,087 in the first 11 months of 2022.
“E-BillsPay is an electronic bill payment platform that facilitates the payment of bills, fees, levies, premiums, and subscriptions, etc. by the banking public through electronic payment channels provided and managed by banks.
“The touch points for these payments include bank branches, Internet banking, mobile banking, USSD, and agent networks,” NIBSS explained.
In an interview, a telecom expert who pleaded anonymity posited that the increase in electronic payment will persist considering the Central Bank of Nigeria’s new policy on cashless transactions.
The CBN’s Naira Redesign Policy including its revised cash withdrawal limits encourages use of alternative channels like internet banking, mobile banking apps, USSD, cards/POS, eNaira and so on for payments and banking transactions.
According to the expert, people have opted for the e-payment method rather than cash payment due to its speed and avoidance of long queues at paying centers.
He stated that mobile adoption in various market spaces, convenience and speed are driving forces of the growth of electronic payments in the country.
“Convenience and speed are the two key drivers for it. Now that we are talking about financial inclusion with PSBs and other mobile money in areas without access to banks, people can use phones to carry out financial transactions.”
“Mobile is driving this adoption fast. As I have said, mobile enables on-the-go payment. It is not location-based. Mobile is the way to go; mobile is what is driving adoption,” he stated.
Elon Musk Push Plans For Twitter to Offer Fintech Services
Twitter CEO Elon Musk is currently pushing ahead with his plans for Twitter to offer fintech services, as he seeks to incorporate a payments option on the platform.
This move is suggested to be connected to Musk’s statement after he neared a deal to buy Twitter, in which he disclosed via a Tweet that the platform would be an everything app. He tweeted, “Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app”.
After he purchased the company, on November 2022, Musk revealed his vision for Twitter to enter the payments market during a live-streamed meeting with Twitter advertisers, hosted on Twitter spaces.
Musk hinted that in the future, users would be able to send money to others on the platform, extract their funds to authenticated bank accounts, and after, perhaps, be offered a high-yield money market account to encourage them to move their cash to Twitter.
Investors King understands that Twitter has already started the process of developing software and applying for regulatory licenses to add a payment component to the platform.
Sources familiar with Twitter’s plan disclosed that the platform has started applying for state licenses after filing to be a payments processor with the U.S. treasury in November.
Few analysts suggest that Musk’s plan to incorporate the payments option on Twitter could be him making a move to restore lost revenue after advertisers on the platform paused their ads over concerns regarding content moderation and free speech policy.
Musk plan to push Twitter into the online payment space could pose a threat to online payment giant Paypal.
Meanwhile, the financial times noted that if eventually Twitter becomes a payments processor, it would face stiff competition from existing apps within that sphere, also noting that it could also expect to contend with high levels of regulatory scrutiny, potentially presenting another level of difficulty for the company.
Macroeconomic Environment Forces Paypal to Trim 7% of Its Global Workforce
In a bid to navigate the challenging macro-economic environment, American payment platform Paypal has revealed plans to trim 7% of its global workforce, approximately 2,000 of its full-time employees.
The company’s recent layoff plan was shared with employees by its president and CEO Dan Schulman, via a memo, stating that the layoff plan was necessitated for Paypal to effectively address the challenging macroeconomic environment, while continuing to invest to meet customers’ needs.
The memo reads in part,
“Over the past year, we made significant progress in strengthening and reshaping our company to address the challenging macroeconomic environment while continuing to invest to meet our customers’ needs.
“While we have made substantial progress in right-sizing our cost structure, and focused our resources on our core strategic priorities, we have more work to do. We must continue to change as our world, our customers, and our competitive landscape evolve.
“Addressing these changes requires us to make hard decisions that will impact some of our colleagues. Today, I’m writing to share the difficult news that we will be reducing our global workforce by approximately 2,000 full-time employees, which is about 7% of our total workforce. These reductions will occur over the coming weeks, with some organizations impacted more than others”.
The CEO further disclosed that laid-off employees will be provided with generous packages, also they will be provided with consultations where required to support their transition.
In the company’s third quarter (Q3) report, Paypal reported net revenue of $6.18 billion, adding 13.3 million net new active accounts, to bring its total active accounts to 416 billion.
It also reported a net income of $1.47 billion, Non-GAAP earnings were $1.11 per share, falling short of Wall Street’s estimated earnings of $1.08 per share on revenue of $6.24 billion.
Paypal’s recent layoff announcement marks the latest round of job cuts in the tech industry as tech most firms in recent times, have laid off a significant amount of their workforce in response to the global economic downturn.
Companies such as Microsoft, Spotify, Salesforce, Amazon, Meta, Google, etc, have all laid off a significant percentage of their workforce.
Investors King understands that more than 58,000 workers in U.S.-based tech companies have been laid off in mass job cuts so far in 2023.
Over 320 Million Credit Cards to Be Issued Globally by 2027, as Digital Platforms Expand into New Markets
The number of credit cards issued via digital card issuance platforms will exceed 321 million globally by 2027, from 120 million in 2023
A new study from Juniper Research has found that the number of credit cards issued via digital card issuance platforms will exceed 321 million globally by 2027, from 120 million in 2023.
This growth of almost 170% reflects the use of new advanced digital capabilities, such as digital loyalty schemes and instant issuance, as card issuers aim to combat competition, including buy now pay later.
Digital card issuance platforms allow card issuers to create cards using an API-driven approach; enabling cards to be delivered instantly to digital wallets, with the option for a physical card; boosting flexibility significantly.
Digital Issuance Critical to Addressing $9.7 Trillion Opportunity
The new report, Credit Cards Strategies: Innovation Analysis, Digital Transformation & Market Forecasts 2023-2027, found that credit cards will account for over $9.7 trillion in spend globally by 2027. This represents a significant opportunity for card issuers to drive revenue growth by choosing the optimal credit card strategy. It found that rising affluence in emerging markets will be a significant driver of credit card adoption. As such, digital card issuance platforms are critical to delivering credit offerings in these mobile wallet-dominated markets.
Research co-author Nick Maynard explained further: “In emerging markets, the ability to instantly issue digital cards will be a key factor in users choosing credit cards over other payment methods. Card issuance platform vendors must ensure localisation to enable cards to be quickly pushed to the wallets popular in each market.”
Loyalty Rewards Critical to Credit Card Popularity
The research predicts that by 2027, the monetary value of rewards for users from credit card use will reach $103 billion globally, driving overall adoption. It recommends that card issuers focus on app-based loyalty to maximise the appeal of these rewards; partnering with well-connected digital loyalty programme providers to maximise their appeal. If issuers fail to do this, they will lose out to better-connected vendors in a highly competitive credit cards market.
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