With the support of Antonio Banderas, The Digital Mediterranean Space moving towards its operational phase as part of WISekey commitment to assist the Malaga Valley to become a regional Hub
Last year, in September, WISeKey announced at the Global Clinton Initiative in NY a commitment to provide to over 100 million people in the Mediterranean region still unbanked but already connected via voice with their mobiles phones with the trusted, secure and interoperable m-payments technology required to operate a Mobile Payment Telco Platform in selected geographical areas in partnership with financial institutions, telecommunications and technology companies in the region.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2C0uu2oZVg
Since the project started over 100 world top companies joined this commitment under the leadership of the Malaga Valley http://www.malagavalley.com/en/quien2.html The objective of this commitment which will be debated at the next Global Clinton Initiative in NY in September 2009 is to extend WISekey Digital Identification and Secure Payment technology to reach 100 million disadvantaged people in 25 countries primarily in the Mediterranean Region, including Africa during its first phase. Deploying the platform in cooperation with Telcos will enable us to reach the unbanked base of the pyramid consumers.
M-Payments are emerging as an important link that could bring the most basic financial services to billions of unbanked cell phone users around the world. Bringing the unbanked into the formal economy and allowing them to use their mobile phone as identification and payment devices is a key element of this commitment. Interestingly, a full 1 billion of the 5 billion mobile phone owners have no access to financial services despite having the technological possibility of activating this service., said Carlos Moreira, CEO and Founder of WISekey
One of the very active supporter of this commitment and Malaga Valley is actor Antonio Banderas which was the First Mediterranean Digital Citizen on a ceremony organized by WISekey and the city of Malaga to launch the project. The “I am Mediterranean” Platform provides access to all citizens of the region from its hub in Malaga to a wide variety of citizen services with a view to promoting the millennial common identity and culture. Cities from all over the Mediterranean can join this initiative and establish citizen services platforms locally that are interoperable across the region.