News Americas, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Fri. November 18, 2021 – Today, Mastercard and Trinidad & Tobago International Financial Centre (TTIFC) announced their partnership to develop and implement strategic solutions that advance digital and financial inclusion by supporting fintech companies on the island. This agreement between Mastercard and TTIFC will accelerate digitalization.
Through this partnership, Mastercard will leverage its global technology platforms, insights, and experience from working with governments and fintech companies around the world to support Trinidad & Tobago in achieving its digital transformation objectives. The key areas of focus in the agreement include:
- Mastercard and TTIFC will optimize relationships with fintech companies, best practices in payments and services to drive its digital agenda, which directly supports efforts toward financial inclusion, and creating secure and accessible digitized payment solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
- The organizations will drive assessments of the ways in which the government can leverage technology to improve the disbursement of social benefits, payroll management and other public sector payments. As seen in other countries around the world, digitization of such payments paves the way for benefits such as increased efficiencies, ease of access and security for citizens.
“The Caribbean is experiencing exponential growth in digitalization, and Trinidad & Tobago is leading the way. We are supporting this dramatic transformation and efforts to enable financial inclusion, especially after the global challenges we are facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to Dalton Fowles, Mastercard Country Manager for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
“As the TTIFC seeks to modernize the way citizens interact with the Government in terms of payments, it is imperative to have experienced partners such as Mastercard who have the expertise and insights in enabling ‘cashless societies’,” explained John Outridge, Chief Executive Officer of TTIFC.
Mastercard and TTIFC have cemented their relationship through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), signed by John Outridge, Chief Executive Officer of TTIFC, and Dalton Fowles, Mastercard Country Manager for Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.
The MoU underlines Mastercard’s ongoing efforts to advance digital and financial inclusion through human capital development and small business engagement, supporting its global
commitment to bring 1 billion people and 50 million micro and small businesses into the digital economy by 2025.
About Mastercard (NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com
“Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments, and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.”
About the Trinidad & Tobago International Financial Centre (TTFIC), www.ttifc.co.tt
The TTIFC (Trinidad & Tobago international Financial Centre) is the state agency charged with developing the Financial Services Sector. It is the lead agency under the Ministry of Finance for Government’s digitalization initiatives in the Financial Services Sector and acts as a resourceful ally for all stakeholders as the country pursues its goal of becoming a Cashless Society and a FinTech-enabled Financial Services Hub by 2023. Our mission is the continuous expansion of the Financial Services Sector through the integration and application of Financial Technology, thereby improving service delivery for the citizens, the ease of doing business, and increasing financial inclusion.