Tech4Africa is a new conference about web, mobile, and emerging technology in Africa. The inaugural conference was held August 12th-13th in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pagatech's CEO, Tayo Oviosu, was invited to speak on a panel on "Unlocking Mobile Payments."
There was a lot of interest in the mobile payments panel and the discussion centered around what kind of enabling environment is needed for mobile payments to achieve its promise. The discussion also highlighted the differences in the mobile payments opportunity in different markets (Nigeria and South Africa). In particular the greater need for a last mile agent network in Nigeria for cash-in and cash-out, and the choices mobile payment firms have taken regarding targeting the base of the pyramid.
It is great to see a forum such as this right here in Africa with hundreds in attendance! It goes to show that there are great technologists in Africa working hard to solve some of Africa's greatest challenges by leveraging technology. Kudos to Gareth Knight for his vision and starting this event!
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