Safaricom has announced the opening of M-PESA’s API to local and international developers. Safaricom revealed that this will give them the opportunity to develop apps that will work with the M-PESA platform.
This move was made possible after Safaricom, in conjunction with Huawei, brought back its servers to Kenya against all odds, and also complement other recent initiatives aimed at boosting transactions on M-PESA, such as the introduction of Lipa Na M-PESA, an e-commerce platform.
Speaking on this development, Safaricom’s Director of Financial Services, Ms Betty Mwangi said, “As we have always said, innovation is at the heart of everything we do. We do however accept that innovation cannot come from us alone – it takes partnerships to come up with some of the best possible solutions that will help transform lives”.
Safaricom expects developers to come up with state-of-the-art and up-to-the-minute Business to Consumer apps, Consumer to Business apps, Business to Business apps, or anything creative and innovative.
M-PESA is a mobile phone-based money transfer service launched in 2007 by Vodacom and Vodafone for Safaricom, the largest mobile networks in Tanzania and Kenya.