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Alibaba fintech arm invests $73m in Myanmar's Digital Money

Alipay joins local player Yoma and Norway's Telenor to reach the country's unbanked

A customer uses the Wave Money service at a participating store in Myanmar. (Photo by Yuichi Nitta)

YANGON -- The Chinese company behind the Alipay smartphone payment system said Monday that it will take a stake in Digital Money Myanmar to cater to the underbanked communities in the developing Southeast Asian nation.

Ant Financial Services Group, which is under the umbrella of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding, will bring its Alipay technologies and business expertise to Myanmar, where the digital payment market is expected to grow.

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