World Bank data shows almost 1.7 billion unbanked people globally, mostly in developing nations, are still transacting in cash. We dig into how FinTech solutions like agency banking, mobile money, and even gaming, plus high mobile phone penetration in affected regions worldwide, are playing a critical role in improving financial inclusion in these regions – and what the developing world can learn from it.
COVID will long be remembered as the reason digital transformation finally arrived in the travel sector as it reckoned with a mountain of havoc-wreaking headaches. In this episode, we inspect the forces changing red trend lines green, why paper is out and virtual cards are very much in, and the ways in which sipping a margarita on a tropical beach just got a whole lot easier.
Circle’s Geetha Panchapakesan and Nium’s Joaquin Ayuso joined us to untangle the knot between crypto and payments, explain why stablecoins aren’t dead yet, educate us on what the global momentum around Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC) has to do with anything, and examine the opportunities and challenges ahead for crypto as a payment instrument.