Of the NHIF Cash Crunch, M-Pesa Greenlight for Ethiopia’s Mobile Money and the Curious Case of Crypto Taxes

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Each episode of We Are Curious breaks down the week’s events in policy and tech in Kenya, Africa and the world. In this episode, the Hisa team discusses the current NHIF cash crunch thanks to massive job losses, weighing whether it is justifiable for the insurer to review premiums every five years. We then talk about the CBK’s move to lower capital requirements to back mortgages from 53% to 50%, and its effect on liquidity. We then break down ECA’s green light for M-Pesa’s licence for financial services, what it means for Ethio, and how MTN’s absence from the bidding pool could potentially leave leeway for Safaricom Ethiopia. Finally, the episode touches on proposed taxes on Crypto and what to expect from retail investors.

Audio Production by Mwakaneno Gakweli

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