“We have chosen MasterCard as our partner due to the fact that we have a shared vision of an East Africa that is more financially inclusive for all its citizens and less dependent on cash. Cardholders will be able to use their MasterCard PayPass debit or prepaid cards at any location that accepts MasterCard worldwide. Special promotional offers will be announced during the rollout of the campaign,” Mwangi concluded.Globally, PayPass is present in 48 countries and accepted at nearly 550,000 merchant locations. MasterCard cards are accepted at more than 34 million points around the world. The partnership between MasterCard and Equity Bank is part of the payments solutions provider’s goal of increasing its business in the region by providing added value to more customers, while at the same time encouraging the uptake of cashless transactions in the region as envisioned in its pursuit of a cashless global economy. About MasterCard: MasterCard(NYSE: MA), www.mastercard.com,is a global payments and technology company. It operates the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews , join the discussion on the Cashless Conversations Blog and subscribe for the latest news. About Equity Bank: Equity Bank is an all-inclusive financial services provider with a growing pan-African footprint. Listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE: EQTY) and Uganda Securities Exchange (USE: EBL) and with over 8 million customers spread across five East African markets, we have grown from humble beginnings as a provider of mortgage financing to Kenya’s low income population to Africa’s biggest bank by customer base. Our vision is “to be the champion of the socio-economic prosperity of the people of Africa,” a vision we continue to pursue through a business model that is anchored on access, convenience and flexibility for our clients.