What can governments do to foster branchless banking?

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Soweto_public_phone_3 More and more research shows the positive impact that mobile technology has on economic development. The Economist has a short piece of advice for governments on how to maximize this mobile momentum:

[…] do away with state monopolies, issue new licenses to allow rival operators to enter the market and slash taxes on handsets

The recommendation is timely. Western Union, which handled nearly 17 percent of world's remittances in 2006, announced last month it would make it possible to wire money via cell phones.

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