Nothing can stop the growth of African fintech—or so it appears. Investment in African startups quadrupled from 2017 to 2018, to tally $725 million across more than 50 deals. Fintech companies accounted for 93 of those deals, including half of the top 10 deals, and 40% of the total funding generated last year. Read the full story on Global Finance.

The reasons for banks to not embrace faster payments schemes are quickly dwindling. But many are still watching from the sidelines. Various government initiatives in regions such as Australia, Hong Kong and the U.K. have acted as catalysts for creating faster payments rails. Similarly, policies like the EU’s PSD2 incorporate open banking and provide third-party developers equal footing in developing financial technology. Read the full story on PaymentsSource.

Generation Z, whose older members are already entering the workforce, is using digital technology more than any other age group — including millennials. Gen Z’s preferred digital technologies include P2P and B2C digital payments, as opposed to more traditional payment methods. And further, one-third of the Gen Z consumers polled in the survey have never even used a paper check. This group sends and receives money digitally, uses digital apps to manage their budgets and financial accounts, and rarely steps foot inside a brick-and-mortar branch. Read the full story on PaymentsSource.

Next-generation payments software technology provider Episode Six today announced Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP), one of the world’s largest comprehensive printing companies, will license its software for use in a new and innovative Japan-based payments program. With this partnership, advanced ledger and transaction management capabilities offered through Episode Six are being introduced to the broader Asian market, spearheaded by DNP’s adoption. Read the full story on Yahoo Finance.

The EU Revised Payment Services Directive, or PSD2, came into effect January 2018. While this expansive regulation includes numerous updates, the requirement for financial institutions to participate in an open banking system is arguably the most disruptive. PaymentsJournal