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IFC and Atlantic Financial Group to Expand Digital Financial Inclusion in Cameroon


In Douala
Name: Henri Mensah

Phone: +1202 569 3322

E-mail:
LMensah@ifc.org

In Washington, DC

Name: John McNally

Phone : +1 202 458-0723

E-mail :
jmcnally@ifc.org


Douala, Cameroon, November 21, 2018— IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced an agreement to a value of $1.6 million with Atlantic Financial Group Central and East Africa (AFG C&EA) to expand access to digital financial services for low-income people, small-scale entrepreneurs, and rural populations in Cameroon.

The financial inclusion rate in Cameroon has nearly trebled to 35 percent in 2017 from 12 percent in 2014 but remains below the regional average. Despite recent progress, most Cameroonians still lack access to regulated financial services such as savings, loans and insurance, which could help them manage their daily financial lives and invest for the future.

Mehita Sylla, IFC Country Manager, Cameroon, said: “Gaining access to formal credit can be catalytic for a small-scale entrepreneur or a small-holder farmer, and the expansion of financial inclusion is a critical component of inclusive economic growth. Digital financial services are becoming increasingly available in Cameroon, but more needs to be done to advance financial inclusion.”


Through this three-year advisory project, IFC will assist AFG C&EA’s digital arm, Digital Business Solution (DBS), to build a robust agent banking network and launch digital savings, loan and insurance products. Thus, AFG C&EA, which conducts its bank and financial services business in Cameroon through its two subsidiaries Banque Atlantique and Atlantique Assurances, will become a leading integrated digital financial services provider.


Kone Dossongui, President and Chairman of Atlantic Group, said, “This initiative will support emerging entrepreneurs, and help foster the sustainable and inclusive economic growth necessary to tackle today’s challenges and to secure the future of generations to come. It will pave the way for similar developments by Atlantic Group in other African markets where we operate.”


IFC is committed to bring formal financial services to 600 million people worldwide by 2020 as part of the global efforts to reach universal financial access. IFC’s Financial Institutions Group advisory supports microfinance institutions, banks, mobile network operators, and payments service providers across Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East to leverage digital technology and innovative business models to advance financial inclusion.

About IFC

IFC—a sister organization of the World Bank and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work with more than 2,000 businesses worldwide, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets and opportunities in the toughest areas of the world. In fiscal year 2018, we delivered more than $23 billion in long-term financing for developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. For more information, visit
www.ifc.org

About Atlantic Financial Group Central and East Africa

Atlantic Financial Group Central and East Africa, is part of Atlantic Group, a diversified conglomerate founded by Kone Dossongui in 1978 with assets in banks, insurances, telecom, and manufacturing throughout West Africa, and consolidating its footprint in Central Africa since 2008.


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