The Covid-19 pandemic, with its catastrophic effects, has not spared the economies of the various countries as it sweeps across the globe.
To survive this disastrous crisis that initially threatened to leave many businesses shut down, business owners have taken on new models to adapt to the unprecedented situation.
A case in point is the businesses that were previously not online but have now acquired an online presence to reach and serve their clients.
This has seen more businesses become cloud-enabled, offer flexibility to their workforces as well as adopt digital systems to support their work.
In a Webinar that was held recently, Dennis Musinguzi the Senior Manager, products and services at MTN Uganda said that although businesses suffered a lot at the beginning of the Covid19 lockdown, they have ensured their continuity by going digital and serving their customers through digital channels.
“Fresh food markets suffered the most during the lockdown. However, they went digital and started doing home deliveries. They are now in business,” Musinguzi said.
Christopher Ssali, the acting General Manager of Mobile Financial Services at MTN Liberia noted that there has been an observed change in the payment habits over the last months as people are opting for contactless payment options more than before.
“Covid19 brings a new opportunity; previously more people felt more secure with cash. But after the pandemic, more people feel secure with payment options such as Mobile Money,” Ssali said.
Ssali said that the paradigm shift in the forms of payment has led to a Mobile Money evolution and as such, significantly reduces the need to use cash in the value chain.
Stone Atwine, the Chief Executive Officer of Eversend noted that the increase in mobile money usage had kept businesses afloat by enabling them to transact during the pandemic.
Borrowing credence from his company, Atwine said that companies should embrace new operational models to survive the adverse effects of the pandemic.
“We are trying to do things that have not been done yet. For instance, we are now doing cross-border e-commerce, changing our product designs to include items such as donations and causes to help people raise funds for specific causes especially during these hard times,” Atwine said.