WorldRemit partners Morocco’s Wafacash to expand instant money transfers across Africa


Digital money transfer firm WorldRemit has partnered with Morocco-based financial services firm Wafacash to scale up instant money transfers across West and Central Africa.

The companies already work together in Morocco and Senegal, but will expand into Cameroon, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger and Cote D’Ivoire before the end of the year.

The new service will let WorldRemit customers in over 50 countries transfer money as easily as sending an instant message, using the app or website.

According to Samira Khamlichi, Chief Executive at Wafacash, “By extending our partnership with WorldRemit we wish to contribute to the improvement of the financial inclusion in our country and to the diversification of legal financial channels. Our extended partnership will allow WorldRemit customers in over 50 countries to send money to our cash pick up locations across the region.”

Wafacash is a subsidiary of Attijariwafa Bank. The company currently has pay-out points at Wafacash offices and Attijariwafa Bank branches and agents, enabling customers to pick up funds quickly and conveniently.

Remittances in the region have experienced a decade of strong growth, amounting to a projected $34 billion across Sub-Saharan Africa in 2017. According to the World Bank, the value of remittances to Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal grew by an estimated 86%, 130% and 74% respectively, between 2006 and 2015.

Morocco alone received over $7 billion in 2015 according to the World Bank, the equivalent of 7% of its GDP.

This expansion means more cash pickup points in the region, making our service even more convenient to  WorldRemit customers.

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In June WorldRemit announced a global integration with Google’s Android Pay, followed by a partnership with Huawei’s mobile money platform across Africa. WorldRemit customers now complete 700,000 transfers every month from more than 50 send countries to over 140 receiving destinations.