Weekly Wrap-Up: March 02-06

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4 proposals to develop online payments in Morocco [Wamda Debates]

Wamda Community Debates CasablancaWe were thrilled to kick off the first Wamda Community Debate in Casablanca, where we invited some of the local ecosystem’s top actors for a discussion on the topic of Online Payments in Morocco and the challenges faced by startups. Check out four solutions suggested by the participants, and let’s keep the conversation going online!

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