The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) introduces new measures to facilitate mobile money transfers amidst COVID-19 pandemic

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The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has announced a raft of measures to facilitate increased use of mobile money transactions instead of cash.

This follows President Uhuru Kenyatta’s appeal to Kenyans on Sunday to use mobile money and card payments instead of hard currency to guard against the spread of coronavirus.

To facilitate this, the apex bank announced the following measures:

  • There will be no charge for mobile money transactions up to Sh1,000.
  • The transaction limit for mobile money was also increased to Sh150,000 
  • The daily limit for mobile money transactions increased to Sh300,000.
  • The mobile money wallet limit has been increased to Sh300,000 while the monthly total limit for mobile money transactions is eliminated.
  • The current tariff for mobile money transactions for Sh70,000 will apply for transactions up to Sh150,000.
  • Payment service providers and commercial banks have also been asked to eliminate charges for transfers between mobile money wallets and bank accounts.
  • The monthly total limit for mobile money transactions has been eliminated

“While the immediate objective is to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 by handling banknotes, these measures will also reduce the use of cash in the economy over the medium term,” CBK said. 

The emergency measures were applied from midnight March 16, 2020, and will remain in place until June 30, 2020.

Uhuru also appealed to mobile money providers to cut on transaction costs to make the cashless shift affordable. 

Safaricom is the first mobile money provider to comply with the set measures.

The current frameworks on anti-money laundering and countering financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) will continue to apply and CBK will closely monitor the implementation of these emergency measures.

This article originally appeared on CBK