Network International, the leading enabler of digital commerce across the Middle East & Africa (MEA) has announced that Careem joins its growing list of issuer processing clients.
The five-year agreement will see Network International process prepaid cards on behalf of Careem in five countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, and Pakistan. The project is part of Careem’s digital payments initiative enabling its captains to access their daily trip earnings in real-time via a Visa card.
The project brings several benefits to Careem, its customers and captains, in addition to supporting the drive towards a cashless economy in the five countries. Most significantly, it will enable Careem’s captains to instantly access money they earn for both cash and non-cash transactions, instead of waiting days for the next payment cycle.
Network International’s collaboration with Careem comes at a pivotal time, as consumers increasingly shift to contactless payments, in the wake of safety guidelines and social distancing restrictions during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Samer Soliman, Managing Director, Middle East, Network International said, “We are delighted to collaborate with Careem on this critical project that not only addresses the urgent need for access to cash among the underbanked, but will also deliver the benefits of increased safety, security, convenience and flexibility via cashless transactions to all parties. Enabling digital payments is a commitment we share with Careem, and we look forward to further collaborations that accelerate the movement from cash to digital payments.”
Mudassir Sheikha, CEO and Co-Founder of Careem said, “This partnership with Network International is an important milestone in Careem’s journey to become the region’s everyday Super App. Frictionless digital payments are an integral part of our helping simplify the daily lives of both our customers and captains. We care deeply about financial inclusion and so we’re excited to be working with an industry leader to put powerful FinTech in the hands of millions of people across our region.”