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L-R: Mitchell Elegbe, GMD / Founder, Interswitch Group; Nneka Onwuegbuche, Product Manager, Card Services, Zenith Bank Plc; Shamsudeen Fashola, Group Head Retail Banking, FCMB; Lanre Oladimeji, Group Head Retail Banking, Zenith Bank Plc; Margaret Okhoya, Product Manager Card Services, FCMB and Mike Ogbalu III, CEO, Verve International during the Verve Global Card launch and First Transaction at Emperor Retail Outlet in Dubai, UAE recently

Verve Global Card expands international acceptance to the United Arab Emirates- Activates first official transaction in Dubai

November 19, 2019

  • The launch of Verve Global Card in Dubai, marks Verve’s entrance into the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Verve Global customers can already transact in 185 countries globally
L-R: Mitchell Elegbe, GMD / Founder, Interswitch Group; Nneka Onwuegbuche, Product Manager, Card Services, Zenith Bank Plc; Shamsudeen Fashola, Group Head Retail Banking, FCMB; Lanre Oladimeji, Group Head Retail Banking, Zenith Bank Plc; Margaret Okhoya, Product Manager Card Services, FCMB and Mike Ogbalu III, CEO, Verve International during the Verve Global Card launch and First Transaction at Emperor Retail Outlet in Dubai, UAE recently
L-R: Mitchell Elegbe, GMD / Founder, Interswitch Group; Nneka Onwuegbuche, Product Manager, Card Services, Zenith Bank Plc; Shamsudeen Fashola, Group Head Retail Banking, FCMB; Lanre Oladimeji, Group Head Retail Banking, Zenith Bank Plc; Margaret Okhoya, Product Manager Card Services, FCMB and Mike Ogbalu III, CEO, Verve International during the Verve Global Card launch and First Transaction at Emperor Retail Outlet in Dubai, UAE recently

Dubai, November 16, 2019 – Verve, a leading payments technology and card business in Africa, held a first transaction event today in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Verve Global cardholders can now use their cards on Discover Global Network to transact in more than 185 countries and territories, including Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The first transaction event took place at Emperor Retail outlet, City Walk by Meraas Al Safa Str. Dubai. Senior executive members of Verve International were joined at the event by key partners including Jerry Fosker, a senior Executive from Discover Global Network, Shamsudeen Fashola; Group Head Retail Banking FCMB, Margaret Okhoya; Product Manager Card Services FCMB, Lanre Oladimeji; Group Head Retail Banking Zenith Bank, Nneka Onwuegbuche; Product Manager, Card Services Zenith Bank, among others.

Speaking at the launch in Dubai, Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch Group Managing Director expressed his excitement, stating that the decision to bring Verve Global to Dubai was a strategic one: “Dubai is an important destination of choice for business and leisure as well as being a popular destination for Nigerians.”

The transaction in Dubai comes following the successful launch of Verve Global in New York in August this year, and marks Verve International’s first entrance into the UAE region.

Elegbe continued: “As we approach the Dubai Expo 2020, we believe this is the right time to expand into a region with a rapidly evolving payments market. The launch in Dubai will provide an efficient way for new and existing Verve Global cardholders to transact whenever they visit the region”.  

Expressing his gratitude to stakeholders and partners present, Mike Ogbalu III, Chief Executive Officer, Verve International, reiterated the mission and vision of Verve, stating its core objective of making seamless payment solutions available to Nigerians and Africans in every part of the world. “We are very delighted that a domestic card scheme of African origin can be used to make payments across the world. We express our gratitude to all our partners, particularly Zenith Bank and First City Monument Bank, who have joined us today. One of the biggest assets of Verve International is our partners (both those who are here in Dubai and all others). Thank you for joining us on this epic journey to plant our footprints all over the world. We are very confident that you will remain with us as we continue to take bold steps”, he said. 

To get a Verve Global Card is quite easy; please visit your bank and request one.

Media Contacts:

Cherry Eromosele

Group Chief Marketing & Corporate Communications Officer

Email: cherry.eromosele@interswitchgroup.com

About Verve

Verve is Interswitch Group’s innovative payment scheme, offering products and solutions that enable consumers to transact all over Nigeria and across international markets. As the largest domestic card scheme in Africa, we have built a high-class value chain ecosystem that benefits from the services that Interswitch provides.

About Interswitch Group

Interswitch is a leading technology-driven company focused on the digitisation of payments in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Interswitch is a leading player with critical mass in Nigeria’s developing financial ecosystem and is active across the payments value chain, providing a full suite of omni-channel payment solutions.

Interswitch was founded in 2002 as a transaction switching and electronic payments processing business, building and managing payment infrastructure, delivering innovative payment solutions and driving transactions across Nigeria and other African markets. We provide secure payments solutions and services that facilitate convenience and real value for consumers, businesses, governments and other organizations, helping to reduce costs, improve operational efficiency and drive sustainable revenue growth.

About Discover

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) is a direct banking and payment services company with one of the most recognized brands in U.S. financial services. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States. The company issues the Discover card, America’s cash rewards pioneer, and offers private student loans, personal loans, home equity loans, checking and savings accounts and certificates of deposit through its direct banking business. It operates the Discover Global Network comprised of Discover Network, with millions of merchant and cash access locations; PULSE, one of the nation’s leading ATM/debit networks; and Diners Club International, a global payments network with acceptance around the world. For more information, visit www.discover.com/company.

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