Sudan’s first Mobile Financial Service Launched

Zain Sudan has launched the country’s first ever mobile Mobile Financial Service called ‘Hassa’, in partnership with the Bank of Khartoum.

The service allows all Zain customers in Sudan to complete a wide range of financial transactions and operations, including money transfers and various other transactions, including paying bills and withdrawal of cash from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) without the requirement of opening a bank account.

According to Fadi Al Faqih, CEO of the Bank of Khartoum, the Hassa service will be available in 95% of Sudan’s populated areas and will result in many benefits for the users as well as for Sudanese society in general. Al Faqih commented “Hassa is a secure, easy and instant service, which does not have any operational complications and is available around the clock. In addition, it simplifies financial operations to the masses at all times as well as providing a low cost service to suit all users.”

At a launch ceremony held in Khartoum, Sudan’s Minster of Sciences and Telecommunications, Dr. Tahani Abdallah offered her support to the new service, stating that the extension of financial services to the unbanked in Sudan will have a huge impact on the economic development and social enhancement of many communities across the country.

Elfaith Erwa, Zain Sudan’s CEO and Managing Director commented, "Hassa represents a true partnership between the banking and telecommunications sectors, and has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of many Sudanese. Zain has cooperated successfully with the Bank of Khartoum for many years, and our mutual understanding and support has led us to being able to offer this much needed mobile banking service together.”

The Governor of the Central Bank of Sudan, Mr. Abdel Rahman Hassan, expressed his enthusiasm over the economic and social gains that are likely to accrue from extending banking services to the unbanked, as well as for the potential ‘Hassa’ possesses in attracting more national savings through formalized channels.

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