Fresh off the news cycle that saw Nigeria sign the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCfta), Africa’s largest Bank, Access Bank Plc, has announced the launch of a payments platform called AccessAfrica. AccessAfricais aimed at simplifying payments in Africa. It is a money transfer product which allow Access Bankcustomers and non customers engage in cross border transfers.AccessAfrica is available in branch and via the Access Bankmobile. Non Access Bankaccount holders can also benefit from this platform by visiting any of the 600 branches in Nigeria and subsidiaries either using local currency or USD.Part of Access Bank’s 5 year strategy is creating a Universal Payments Gateway to dominate international trade and inter-African payments.The traditional payment services have not kept pace with the economic and technological shifts in this industry as the payment model still operates under a correspondent banking relationship. Multiple intermediary banks are often required and as the number increases, the model becomes more inefficient and expensive.More than 80% of transactions sent from Africa to the US have their final beneficiary in other regions. The three main region where these payments will eventually be transferred to are Asia Pacific (42%);Africa (I7% ) and Non Euro Zone (10%).It then means these payments had no business leaving the shores of Africa in the first place only to clear in the US and come back to Africa . It becomes more expensive, payments slows down and one cannot predict the final amount the beneficiary will receive. AccessAfrica addresses these challenges by providing a cheap, convenient and fast option of making payments within and outside Africa.Access Bankis strategically positioned to service cross border flows ,trade, corresponding banking and remittances.Customers in Nigeria, Ghana, Gambia, Rwanda, Zambia, DRC and Sierra Leonecan immediately take advantage of this fantastic new AccessAfricaservice by downloading the Access Bank Mobile App, or walking into any Access BankBranch to get started.For general information about Access Bankor to arrange an interview, please contact our Press Office: 0700CallAccess (07002255222377), +234 1- 2712005-7, +234 1-2802500The post Access Bank Breaks Down Barriers to African Money Transfers appeared first on Linda Ikeji Blog.