Founded in 2001 in France and later shifting base to Mauritius, Bardo Group, an online payment service and credit card payments processor for online merchants and call centres has launched its operations in Kenya in a quest to disrupt the countries growing online payments sector amidst mobile money.
The firm will now have offices in Nairobi, adding to its London, Hong Kong, Panama and Mauritius offices. The firm is Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCIDSS) compliant to ensure high processing standard and data security and is registered with VISA and MASTERCARD as IPSP and is promising first class services to its clients in Kenya ad across the continent.
Bardo Nairobi will be run by Laurent Alonzo, who is the Group’s CEO and Chairman. Alonzo boasts of over 17 years of experience in the ecommerce and online processing business. The CEO has relocated to the country with his COO to head Bardo Group operations and move in on their competitors by offering best processing options and support to their clients, the firm says.
The firm, which also has operations in China says it has worked with thousands of merchants from various industries located in different countries around the world and has implemented solutions to its merchants and to maintain good relations with both merchants and acquiring partners in its 13-year history.
The firm says it shifted base from France to Mauritius due to the offshore processing capabilities through Mauritian Acquiring Banks and it used it as a market entry intor Africa. Apart from the CEO and COO Bardo Group relocating to Nairobi, the firm is recruiting and training staff in Kenya to head its sales, accounting and technical teams.
Its entry poses a great threat to our friends at 3G Direct Pay, PesaPal, JamboPay among others.