Mastercard to partner with Digitt+ to promote financial inclusion



AktkarFuiou Technologies (AFT) has signed an agreement with Mastercard marking its commitment to participate in the Mastercard Community Pass Program. Digitt+, Pakistan’s first regulated agri-fintechcompany, powered by AFT, intends to connect untapped agricultural markets with digital payment solutions and become the first entity to launch Mastercard Commerce Pass in Pakistan.

Mastercard’s Commerce Pass is an offline, stored-value account product that enables consumers and micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) to store, receive, and spend funds digitally, providing security and transparency to merchants and consumers alike. This digital payment solution reduces the risks of storing and moving cash.

Half of Pakistan’s workforce is employed in agriculture, however, insufficient infrastructure in agricultural communities hinders financial services and other organizations from serving these individuals.

Pakistan is also home to 8% of the world’s unbanked adults. Commerce Pass will help bring these individuals into the formal economy by providing a record of transactions to facilitate access to credit and other financial services.

This digital payment solution will also help support financial resilience for the 63% of Pakistanis who live in rural areas and are otherwise dependent upon informal lending channels.

Commerce Pass is just one of the services offered under Mastercard’s Community Pass portfolio, which is a shared and interoperable digital technology platform designed to address the infrastructure challenges in digitizing rural communities, such as unreliable connectivity, low smartphone ownership, and lack of consistent identification or credentials. With a broad suite of easy-to-use digital technologies and tools, Community Pass seeks to enable safe, simple, smart and commercially sustainable solutions, increase access to critical services and create greater efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery, for populations living in remote and marginalized communities, in order to build a more inclusive and sustainable digital economy for all.