Vodafone snubs Libra in favour of growing M-Pesa digital money

Interesting…Most of the incumbent players are one by one abandoning
Libra. What gives? Pressure from regulators?

Here
<www.forbes.com/sites/sergeiklebnikov/2019/10/21/here-are-all-the-companies-that-bailed-on-facebooks-libra/#674681de3487>
are some of the other companies that have bailed out on Libra. The list
includes Visa, Mastercard, Stripe, Mercado Pago and eBay.

Pressure from regulators and policy makers is real.

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On Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 4:10 PM Mwendwa Kivuva via kictanet <
kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> Vodafone has withdrawn from Facebook’s digital currency initiative Libra,
> as regulators and bureaucrats circle overhead.
>
> While Facebook might have become accustomed to sitting in the regulatory
> spotlight, it seems other companies are not as accepting of the attention.
> In an increasing tsunami of regulatory scrutiny, Vodafone has become the
> latest company to withdraw from the Libra initiative, joining the likes of
> Paypal and Mastercard.
>
> “Vodafone Group has decided to withdraw from the Libra Association,” a
> Vodafone spokesperson said.
>
> “We have said from the outset that Vodafone’s desire is to make a genuine
> contribution to extending financial inclusion. We remain fully committed to
> that goal and feel that we can make the most contribution by focusing our
> efforts on M-Pesa. We will continue to monitor the development of the Libra
> Association and do not rule out the possibility of future co-operation.”
>
>
> telecoms.com/501960/vodafone-snubs-libra-in-favour-of-m-pesa/
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