ATMIA Africa January Newsletter 2020
ATMIA Africa January Newsletter 2020
Dear Andrew
Welcome to our first newsletter of the year – We would like to wish all our members in Africa, India and the Middle East a wonderful year ahead!

Please could we ask a representative from each of our members to fill our questionnaire in here and send back to Erika Navarrete at

We would also like to encourage our current Associate members to upgrade to either the Board level or to become a Regional Sponsor. For more information you can view this document. Please feel free to give myself or Erika an email should you have any further questions on this opportunity.
Kind regards,

Andrew Dean
Executive Director, Middle East and Africa
C: +27(0)82 577.9921
P: +27(0)21 712.6604
News Update: West African Countries inch towards integration of payment systems  
Ghana and Nigeria are planning to pilot the linking of their national payments systems by the end of 2020, signalling an important step towards the creation of an integrated payment system for West African states. This is the first phase of an initiative that will eventually facilitate integration of the payment systems of all West African states in the ECOWAS trade bloc.
In Ghana, the pilot project is to be driven by the Bank of Ghana, Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS). Ghana’s National Payment Systems Strategic Plan (2019-2024) says that the project will help to boost intra-regional trade and improve the foreign reserves of countries in the region.
This comes as the eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) announce plans to retire the French colonial currency, the CFA franc, by the end of the year. This has stoked division with Nigeria and other anglophone countries in the 15-member ECOWAS bloc that want to adopt a new currency for the whole region on a slower timetable. 
GhIPSS plans to link its gh-LinkTM platform with other West African countries.ATM transactions continued accounted for the bulk of the transactions on gh-Link TM platform – not surprising given that Bank of Ghana research shows that more than seven out of 10 Ghanaians prefer cash to digital transactions. 
The National Payment Systems Strategic Plan is targeting digitisation of 95% of all government payments to people and 75% of payments by people to the government by the end of 2020. The Bank of Ghana and the Ministry of Finance are developing a payment plan that aim to shift 90% of government benefit payments to digital channels.
As your ATM Industry Association, we strive to provide what your organization needs to succeed. But we couldn't do it ... without the support of our membership. The support from our members is incredibly important not only to us, but to the industry as a whole. Dues from membership go to fund initiatives and support ATMIA’s working committees, our Market Intelligence Library and vital industry education that benefits the entire industry – to mention only a few of the valued benefits.
Today we applaud our 12 Year Loyal Members ~ and say Thank you!
We have two members in the Africa region which have been with us for 12 years and they are:

Thank you for your continued support!
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Over 285 companies have joined ATMIA’s Consortium for Next Gen ATMs which is developing a new API App model for future ATMs, including over 75 banks and financial institutions and the top IADs in the world.

It is free to join this global movement – simply email me at to become part of this critical exercise to ensure our technologies stay relevant for the next generation.

There is a next gen business case toolkit which identifies 22 cost-saving opportunities through embracing next gen architecture, 14 ways of improving revenue and 8 ways to build brand value. It enables a company to calculate potential Return on Investment depending on which sector of the industry you are in.

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This project will shape the future in many ways creating a relevant and popular ATM for a new generation of consumers.

ATM Industry News and Items of Interest

Standard Bank wins The Banker Bank of the Year South Africa award for 2019

Standard Bank Group has been recognised once again for its accomplishments over the past year. This time round, the bank has secured prestigious country awards in South Africa, Lesotho, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Angola in the Bank of the Year awards for 2019.
MCB "Bank of the Year 2019" in Mauritius

MCB has won the "Bank of the Year 2019" in Mauritius title award by the prestigious publication The Banker, a subsidiary of the Financial Times Group. The trophy was given to Raoul Gufflet, Deputy Chief Executive of MCB Ltd, on the occasion of an event held at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane Hotel in London on Thursday evening.

Banque Misr signs a cooperation protocol with 6th of October University to provide it with an electronic payment system

Banque Misr recently signed a cooperation protocol with 6th of October University, one of the largest private universities in Egypt with 14 faculties and more than 24,000 students, to provide it with an electronic payment and collection system

WorldPay and Visa back African payments firm Flutterwave

With bases in Lagos and San Francisco, Flutterwave is one of several African fintech firms looking to cash in on the continent's drive to electronic payments.

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Andrew Dean is Executive Director for ATMIA Africa and the Middle East. He's available to help you and your business navigate all things ATM.

Feel free to reach Andrew by email at or telephone +27 (0) 82 577.9921 Mobile or +27 (0) 21 712.6604 Office.

Benefits: Member to Member introductions

Connecting with ATMIA members is easy with our member to member introduction service. 

Sign into your account on the ATMIA website home page. Then go to the Member Directory and search for new contacts by keyword, company type, country or region. Full contact and other pertinent information is displayed for each ATMIA member. 

Simply click the Request Introduction button to email a personalized message with your contact information. Recipients will know that ATMIA sanctioned your outreach.

Members of the Month: 
This month our Member of the Month is dedicated to all of our members in Africa, India and the Middle East. You can view the full list of members in your region here.
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