This April, Ant Group announced that its global cross-border mobile payments and marketing solutions Alipay+ has surpassed one million in offline merchant coverage. Introduced by Ant Group in 2020, Alipay+ is a suite of global cross-border digital payments and marketing solutions designed to enable businesses, especially small and medium-sized businesses, to process a wide range of mobile payment methods and reach regional and global consumers. Leading e-wallets supported by Alipay+ include Touch ‘n Go eWallet (Malaysia), KakaoPay (South Korea), GCash (Philippines), Alipay HK (Hong Kong) and more. To date, Alipay+ has over one billion users in Asia.
At the same time, the company also announced a strategic partnership with global full-suite payments platform 2C2P to accelerate digital payment adoption and innovation. Upon completion, Ant Group will become the majority shareholder of 2C2P.
Headquartered in Singapore, 2C2P operates in key markets in Asia including Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. The company offers payment acceptance, issuing, pay-out, as well as other value-added solutions and services to merchants across verticals such as e-commerce, financial services, airlines, travel, hospitality, and retail.
Through this partnership with Ant Group, 2C2P’s extensive pool of merchants inclusive of global and regional brands will be connected with Alipay+, extending its current 250 payment options offering to include more e-wallets and local payment methods. With this, merchants will benefit from a wider geographical reach, connecting seamlessly to over one billion consumers globally.
“Through this complementary partnership with Ant Group, 2C2P will be connected to a much larger merchant base and be well-positioned to advance our international expansion strategy. I am confident that 2C2P will be able to scale new heights, and build an unparalleled and robust range of payment solutions that will deliver maximum value and impact to our merchants and partners,” said Aung Kyaw Moe, Founder and CEO of 2C2P.
“Combining Alipay+ and 2C2P’s secure and comprehensive payment offerings, extensive merchant coverage and deep local knowledge of the region, this partnership is a win-win collaboration built on strengths and the shared vision to accelerate the digital transformation for businesses through innovation and best-in-class payments solutions,” said Angel Zhao, President of Ant Group’s International Business Group. “We look forward to supporting businesses’ digitalisation together and creating a connected digital ecosystem across markets in the region.”