Flutterwave, PayPal Team up on Payments Across Africa

Nigerian Fintech company Flutterwave is teaming up with U.S. payments giant PayPal to enable PayPal customers pay African merchants through its platform, the Africa-focused payments firm said on Tuesday.

The collaboration will connect small and medium enterprises with the more than 377 million PayPal account holders globally, eliminating the barrier to cross-border commerce. It will also further deepen commercial integration for the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA).

The statement explains that Flutterwave’s integration with PayPal will be operational across 50 African countries and worldwide. Online payments got a boost with the COVID-19 pandemic as people relied on mobile apps for shopping and payment of bills.

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Like other companies in the digital payments sector, San Jose, California-based PayPal has profited from the boom in online transactions that pushed more business into the virtual realm.

Flutterwave is positioning to be an African payment platform for multinationals entering new markets. Founded in 2016 by Nigerians and headquartered in San Francisco, the firm has processed over 140 million transactions.

CEO and co-founder Olugbenga Agboola had earlier hinted that Flutterwave could consider a New York listing after it raised $170 million from investors to expand its customer base, pushing its valuation up to more than $1 billion.

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