MTN Rwanda sets up mobile money unit, appoints Chantal Kagame as its first head

RWANDATelecommunication company MTN Rwandacell Plc. (“MTN Rwanda”), has announced that it has received approval from the National Bank of Rwanda to set up its fintech subsidiary, Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd, to provide and manage mobile money services.

The telecom giant has appointed Chantal Kagame as its Chief Executive Officer to drive business development, strategy, innovation, and day to day operations of the company.

The setting up of Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd is in line with MTN Rwanda’s strategy to lead digital solutions while contributing to the national economic strategy on enhancing cashless transactions that offer convenience and security to all Rwandans.

Speaking about the new standalone firm, MTN Rwanda CEO, Mitwa Ng’ambi said, “We are very glad to announce the establishment of Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd as a wholly owned subsidiary of MTN Rwanda. One of the key pillars in our strategy is to establish platforms that our customers find valuable. This restructure will ensure that the mobile money business remains agile, well poised for future growth and accelerated innovation. Mobile money has matured over the last ten years in Rwanda, and this marks a pivotal milestone in our journey toward a cashless economy.”

Commenting about her appointment, Chantal Kagame said, “I am really excited to be given this opportunity to lead Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd. The prospects for future growth and expansion of Mobile Money services in Rwanda are immense. Our commitment is to enhance the MoMo user experience and keep innovating products and services aligned with our digital ambition. The transition process to a standalone business has now kicked off and we look forward to cementing Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd as a key fintech player in the Rwandan market.

Mobile money has matured over the last ten years in Rwanda, and this marks a pivotal milestone in our journey toward a cashless economy

Mitwa Ng’ambi – CEO, MTN Rwanda

Prior to Chantal’s appointment, she held the role of Chief Business and Corporate Affairs Officer since she joined MTN in 2018.

She is a senior Telecom Executive with over 19 years of experience in Multinational Telecommunications.

Chantal has a track record of excellent achievement in areas of Executive Leadership, Sales and Distribution, Mobile Financial Services, Strategy Development and Execution, Corporate Affairs and Credit Management.

Prior to joining MTN Rwanda, Chantal was the Deputy CEO/COO at Tigo Rwanda for 3 years and Head of Sales, Distribution and Corporate Affairs at the same company from 2011 to 2015.

The establishment of Mobile Money Rwanda Ltd does not in any way affect nor change the delivery of services to current mobile money customers.

Mobile Money customers will continue to enjoy access to the wide range of MoMo products and services, the over 30,000 mobile money agents and 60,000 MoMoPay merchants across the country.

MTN foresees an even brighter future to further expand and deepen its offerings to the public in line with Rwanda’s vision to become a fully cashless economy.

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