AZA Launches Platform to Enable Businesses to Use African Currency with Less Risk

AZA Head of Sales for East Africa Thomas Yieke speaking at the event.

AZA, Africa’s biggest non-bank currency broker has launched in Uganda their recently upgraded payment platform dubbed BFX.

BFX is a Business to Business (B2B) payment platform that leverages AZA’s hybrid infrastructure and empowers companies to use African currencies with less risk, cost and friction than ever before.

The launch comes within three months of the Bank of Uganda approving a remittance license for AZA, which is registered locally as BT Payment Services Uganda.

During the launch at Serena Hotel in Kampala, AZA Head of Sales for East Africa Thomas Yieke said that, the BFX platform will enable Ugandan small and medium-size enterprises (SME’s) to grow beyond their borders.

Yieke said that the platform will help businesses to open up previously underserved trade markets through a number of pay-in and payout channels such as banks and mobile wallets.

He noted that BFX is significantly easier and faster to use than incumbent systems, processing international transactions within one or two business days.

“With extensive infrastructure, faster processing and local settlement accounts, BFX ensures quick transactions with less friction and lower fees. Our commitment to Uganda, East Africa and the wider continent is evident from our investment in building the best and most reliable technology for this market,” Yieke said.

“We have created a competitive facility based on world-class technology, reducing settlement time to less than a day and at the best possible rates. Through the BFX product, Ugandan businesses will be able to save millions in fees each year with cost-effective transfers and efficient treasury solutions”.

AZA is the only non-bank provider of both wholesale foreign exchange and distribution across the African region, and has expanded through increased bank accounts, mobile money and other payment options.

With a team of over 100 people, AZA is led from regional HQ offices in Lagos, Nairobi and London, with growing satellite teams in Kampala, Dakar, Madrid, Accra and, very shortly, Johannesburg.

The firm’s culture and fast-paced startup environment have helped spur its execution ability, operational efficiency and ability to retain top talent.

“We are hopeful that AZA’s existence will increase the number of skilled forex practitioners and intermediaries on the ground in Uganda,” said Yieke. “We are here to be an integral part of how Africa in general, and Uganda specifically, accelerate its growth.”

AZA is an established provider of currency trading solutions that accelerate global access to frontier markets through an innovative infrastructure. By leveraging cutting edge technology in our flagship products, TransferZero and BFX, we are able to significantly lower the cost and increase the speed of business payments to and from frontier markets.

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