Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Kenyas Cards and Payments Industry Emerging Opportunities, Trends, Size, Drivers, Strategies, Products and Competitive Landscape

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The report provides top-level market analysis, information and insights on Kenya's cards and payments industry, including:

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    Current and forecast values for each category of Kenya's cards and payments industry, including debit cards, credit cards, charge cards and prepaid cards
    Comprehensive analysis of the industry’s market attractiveness and future growth areas
    Analysis of various market drivers and regulations governing Kenya's cards and payments industry
    Detailed analysis of the marketing strategies adopted for selling debit, credit, charge and prepaid cards used by banks and other institutions in the market
    Comprehensive analysis of consumer attitudes and buying preferences for cards
    The competitive landscape of Kenya's cards and payments industry

Executive summary

    Kenya is developing into a hub for electronic payments, and is likely to become a focal point for wider growth across east Africa. A number of economic and demographic factors have driven the growth of the Kenyan cards and payments industry. The country is renowned as one of the most peaceful and stable in Africa. Demographically and economically, the country is well positioned, with an average age of just 18, and expectations of healthy GDP growth over the forecast period (2014–2018). Young populations are typically more willing to embrace innovation and technology, and have long working lives ahead of them, making them more likely to become wealthier and consume more banking products and services.
    In terms of the number of cards in circulation, Kenyan payment cards (including debit, credit and charge cards) registered robust growth during the review period (2009–2013), recording a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.32% to increasing from 3.8 million cards in 2009 to 9.7 million in 2013. In terms of transaction value, payment cards valued KES1.5 trillion (US$18.5 billion) in 2013, after registering a significant review-period CAGR of 34.40%.
    The average transaction value (ATV) in Kenya was US$49.3 in 2013, which was the fourth-highest among its peer countries. Egypt recorded the highest ATV with US$97.7, followed by Morocco with US$94.3, South Africa with US$54.6, and Nigeria with US$38.4. In terms of card penetration, Kenya recorded 0.22 cards per inhabitant in 2013, while South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria and Egypt recorded respective amounts of 1.25, 0.33, 0.20 and 0.18. In terms of frequency of use, Kenya recorded 35.5 transactions per card in 2013, while South Africa, Morocco, Egypt and Nigeria recorded 38.2, 21.1, 15.7 and 12.0 respectively.
    The Kenyan prepaid market remains in its early stages – fragmented and uneven, but growing quickly despite heavy competition from M-Pesa. To capture the untapped market, banks, card issuers and retailers are launching prepaid card variants. In October 2012, Kenya’s largest retail chain, Nakumatt, launched the Nakumatt Global MasterCard Prepaid card, enabled with contactless technology. MasterCard collaborated with Nakumatt’s banking partners, Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) and Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), as part of the launch, with both banks issuing prepaid cards to retail customers.
    In July 2013, Visa launched the Mi-Card prepaid card in association with Mi-Fone and DTB, targeting smartphone users. In May 2014, the Kenyan Public Transport Industry announcement plans to introduce prepaid cards to pay for transport fares. The Kenyan cards and payments industry is highly mobile-driven, largely through M-Pesa. The business was initially established by DFID, the UK’s Department for International Development, and Vodafone subsidiary Safaricom. The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) also played a role in its development. Its strategy has been based on promoting the uptake of mobile-based financial services to the rural, unbanked population, indicating a clear economic rationale for the development of m-payments in Kenya and other countries. M-Pesa has already expanded in Kenya and other east African markets, and is banking on the economies becoming more closely integrated and payment volumes increasing.


    This report provides a comprehensive analysis of Kenya's cards and payments industry.
    It provides current values for Kenya's cards and payments industry for 2013, and forecast figures for 2018.
    It details the different economic, infrastructural and business drivers affecting Kenya's cards and payments industry.
    It outlines the current regulatory framework in the industry.
    It details the marketing strategies used by various banks and other institutions.
    It profiles the major banks in Kenya's cards and payments industry.

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    Understand the key market trends and growth opportunities in Kenya's cards and payments industry.
    Assess the competitive dynamics in Kenya's cards and payments industry.
    Gain insights in to the marketing strategies used to sell various card types in Kenya.
    Gain insights into key regulations governing Kenya's cards and payments industry.

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