AFRICA – The pan African banking group, Ecobank, has launched RapidCollect™ to link financial transactions seamlessly across the continent through a single bank account.

With this one account, business customers can receive funds instantly from their clients in their home country and across Ecobank’s pan-African network; Ecobank business customers can now make instant automated reconciliation leveraging Ecobank’s trusted technology.

RapidCollect™ enables Ecobank’s business customers to receive payments from their clients in their home country and across Ecobank’s network of 33 affiliates, instantly and at a lower cost than any other current cross-border solution.

“With the African Continental Free Trade Area offering untold trading growth opportunities for Africa’s businesses, it is imperative that the payment and collection infrastructure proactively caters for the needs of our continent’s small and medium-sized businesses by facilitating their cross-border trade,” Josephine Anan-Ankomah, Group Executive, Commercial Banking, Ecobank said.

“Ecobank’s Rapid-Collect™ further advances our determination to remove intra-African trade barriers by providing a fast, innovative, secure, hassle-free and reliable collection solution for our SME customers, leveraging the collective scale and strength of our 33-country pan-African network.”

RapidCollect™ caters to business customers’ needs across Africa, as the continent is at a unique point in its history. Immense trade, investment and economic growth opportunities are driven by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)’s creation of a single African market.

The Economic Commission for Africa has forecast that the AfCFTA will boost intra-African trade by about 40%.

“The launch of RapidCollect™ reaffirms our leadership as the Best Bank for Cash Management in Africa. It provides a fast, innovative, secure, and reliable solution for our customers, leveraging the collective scale and strength of our 33-country pan-African network,” Isaac Kamuta, Group Head, Payment services, Cash Management and client access, Ecobank Group added.

“Our customers only need an Ecobank account in their home country – rather than needing an account in every country in which they trade. It removes the delays previously inherent in cross-border business payments and addresses the issues created by fluctuating forex rates.”

Through RapidCollect, Ecobank’s Commercial Banking and Corporate and Investment Banking customers benefit from the convenience of one account to receive business payments hassle-free from across our 33-country network instant payments into their Ecobank account in their home country.

Also, across their network automated reconciliation for their businesses with capabilities to integrate their billing system secured transactions via Ecobank’s tried and trusted technology easier cross-border payments to seize opportunities from the AfCFTA’s continent-wide single market RapidCollect™ is available at Ecobank branches and it is already integrated into our digital channels.

The solution is subject to the regulations in each country.

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