April 19, 2024
Coinbase and Yellow Card Forge Alliance to Boost USDC Reach Across Africa
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Coinbase and Yellow Card Forge Alliance to Boost USDC Reach Across Africa

In a strategic move to foster cryptocurrency adoption in Africa, Coinbase has announced a partnership with Yellow Card, a prominent financial services provider on the continent. The collaboration aims to extend access to Coinbase’s products, with a particular focus on increasing the availability of the USD Coin (USDC) stablecoin.

In a statement released on January 11, Coinbase expressed enthusiasm about the partnership, emphasizing its role in shaping the future of finance. The collaboration with Yellow Card is set to facilitate millions of users in 20 African countries with access to USDC, offering fast, reliable, and cost-effective transactions through Coinbase’s decentralized and open L2 Base.

Yellow Card CEO Chris Maurice shed light on the partnership, detailing that Coinbase will integrate Yellow Card’s payment rails in Africa. This integration will enable customers to seamlessly transition between fiat and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and USDC on the Ethereum layer-2 rollup Base. African users will access these services through Coinbase Wallet, which recently introduced a feature allowing transfers via links from popular social media platforms such as iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram.

In addition to USDC, the partnership will see the integration of other cryptocurrencies and stablecoins supported by Coinbase. Yellow Card operates in 20 countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, where the partnership aims to offer a more economically viable means of transacting.

Coinbase highlighted the unique economic challenges in many African countries, characterized by high inflation rates and dependence on remittances. The partnership with Yellow Card is anticipated to address these challenges, providing a more efficient and accessible way for users to engage in transactions in the region.

Acknowledging the youthful demographic in Africa, Coinbase emphasized the potential for economic opportunities in these markets. Africa stands out as the youngest continent globally, making it a promising ground for cryptocurrency adoption and innovation.

Yellow Card CEO Chris Maurice expressed confidence that the partnership would simplify commerce for many Africans, emphasizing the real-world applications of stablecoins like USDC. Maurice highlighted the common use cases in Africa, including international payments, remittances, and protection against inflation.

According to BitcoinAfrica.io, South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and Ghana are the top five African countries leading in Bitcoin adoption. While the Central African Republic briefly adopted Bitcoin as a legal tender, it shifted focus to its crypto token project, Sango Coin, shortly after enacting the Bitcoin law. Despite regulatory shifts, the partnership between Coinbase and Yellow Card signals a significant step toward establishing cryptocurrency solutions in the African financial landscape.

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