VISA embarks on a historical visit to Sudan

On Monday, the VISA Company’s Regional President will embark on a landmark visit to Sudan in a move that reaffirms the company’s commitment to advancing and expanding access to digital payments for the Sudanese public.

Khartoum: AlTaghyeer

Andrew Torre, the Regional President for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (CEMEA) at VISA, will arrive in Sudan for a visit scheduled for two days, starting from the 2nd of August until the 4th.

During his visit, Torre will meet with partners – those already established and potential ones – banks, financial institutions, and high ranking government officials to explore aspects of close collaboration.

The arrival of VISA’s CEMEA director will emphasize on building new partnerships and leveraging the company’s state-of-the-art payment technology to support financial inclusion and economic growth in Sudan.

 VISA’s Regional President for CEMEA Andrew Torre

The financial services giant will focus in particular on driving acceptance of digital payments through both ATMs and Point of Sale (POS) networks, as well opportunities to launch new digital products and services to both Sudanese consumers and merchants.

A new release issued by VISA mentioned that the company is “already working closely with eight licensed partners in Sudan to help enable a more inclusive and empowered economy.”

Torre, as quoted in the news release, said that VISA – in its capacity as a global engine of commerce – is “committed to partnering in support of Sudan’s transformation goals, and advancing our mission to expand access and global economic inclusion so that more consumers and businesses can enjoy the benefits of digital payments.”

Back into the Global Economy

The VISA delegate will be accompanied in his meetings by both VISA Country Manager for Sudan Ahmed Mohey, and General Manager of North Africa Ahmed Jaber.

The issuance of the first VISA card in Sudan earlier this year was hailed by the Sudanese Prime Minister, Dr. Abdalla Hamdok, as a symbol of Sudan’s long due return back into the global economy.

Prior to being named CEMEA Regional President in 2018, Torre had previously led Visa’s Sub-Saharan business , and worked with the World Bank in Kiev, Moscow, and CIS territories.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments, whose mission is to “connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network.”

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