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Coinbase partners with Yellow Card to expand USDC access in Africa

Coinbase integrated Yellow Card’s payment rails, enabling Coinbase customers in Africa to more easily on and off-ramp between fiat and crypto, including USD Coin.

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Source: Cointelegraph

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has partnered with Africa’s Yellow Card to expand access to its products to 20 African countries, focusing on increasing USD Coin USDC $1.00 stablecoin access.

“Our new partnership […] will help usher in the future of money by giving millions of users access to USDC and fast, reliable, cheaper transactions on our decentralized, open L2 Base through both Coinbase and Yellow Card products,” Coinbase said in a Jan. 11 statement.

Yellow Card CEO Chris Maurice told Cointelegraph that the partnership involves Coinbase integrating Yellow Card’s payment rails in Africa so customers can on and off-ramp fiat to Bitcoin BTCc$43,624 and USDC on Ethereum layer-2 rollup Base.

This will be accessible to African users via Coinbase Wallet, which recently implemented a new feature to make transfers via links from social media platforms like iMessage, Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram.

In addition to USDC, Maurice said other cryptocurrencies and stablecoins supported by Coinbase will be integrated.

Yellow Card’s website lists 20 countries in which it operates, including Nigeria, South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya and Tanzania.

Coinbase noted many of these countries are high-inflation and remittance-dependent and is hopeful the partnership with Yellow Card will offer a more economically viable way to transact in the region.

“Many of these markets also are in need of economic opportunity for populations that skew younger than average,” Coinbase added, noting that Africa is “by far” the youngest continent.

Maurice is confident the partnership will make commerce easier for many Africans across the continent.

“Stablecoins like USDC solve real problems for real people & businesses on the continent,” Maurice stressed in a Jan. 11 statement.

Maurice previously told Cointelegraph that the most common use cases in Africa are making international payments, sending money to friends and family and “saving money against inflation.”

“Crypto solves real-world problems with banking and currencies on the continent, and it isn’t the casino that it can feel like sometimes in the West.”

South Africa, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Kenya and Ghana are the top five African countries adopting Bitcoin, according to BitcoinAfrica.io.

The Central African Republic notably became the first African country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender. However, this was short-lived as the government began its crypto token project, Sango Coin, days after the Bitcoin law was enacted.

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