In a digital age marked by rapid technological advancements, Bangladesh has witnessed a substantial surge in mobile financial services (MFS) transactions, reflecting the nation’s growing inclination toward digital payment methods. According to recent data from the central bank, MFS transactions conducted through various operators, including industry giants like bKash, Nagad, and Rocket, soared by more than 25% year-on-year in August. The total transaction volume for the month reached a staggering Tk 1.10 lakh crore, compared to Tk 87,635 crore during the same period in the previous year.
This meteoric rise highlights the increasing embrace of digital financial transactions in Bangladesh. The daily average for MFS transactions in August stood at Tk 3,534 crore, underscoring the evolving landscape of financial services in the country.
MFS providers, aim to establish a cashless society, reducing reliance on physical currency and promoting digital transactions. This transformation holds significant potential for enhancing financial inclusion and driving economic growth. Recent central bank data shows substantial growth, with 21.24 crore MFS subscribers by August’s end, including a notable monthly increase of 28 lakh subscribers. Active accounts, involved in regular transactions, total 8.19 crore as of August.
One key initiative driving this growth is the recent decision by the Bangladesh Bank to reduce the age limit for opening an MFS account from 18 to 14. This strategic move aims to introduce the younger generation to digital payment methods, recognizing the potential of youth engagement in shaping the future of finance.
In a nation of 16.52 crore people, with approximately 10.03% belonging to the 15-19 age group, the policy change opens the doors for around 1.5 crore new individuals to embrace digital financial services. With the ongoing growth of the MFS sector, Bangladesh is poised to continue its journey towards a more digitally inclusive and cash-independent future.
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