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Afghanistan Firm to Test Paying Wages by Mobile Phone Transfer

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Afghanistan based mobile network, Roshan has started a pilot program to pay salaries with via its mobile banking service, M Paisa. The pilot is being carried out with the Central Asia Development Group (CADG) who has 2,000 employees in the country.

Previously, CADG had to transport cash across vast distances and through volatile areas in some cases to physically distribute salaries in cash. As part of a pilot program, employees in Kabul, Nangarhar, Herat, Kandahar and Laghman, will receive their salaries on their mobile phones, securely and on-time.

"Today, M-Paisa plays an important role in supporting a number of public and private organizations improve operational efficiencies, lower cash handling costs and create an added level of transparency. We are pleased to now partner with CADG to ensure that salaries are received securely, quickly and on-time. This is part of our commitment to support hardworking people across the nation for communities to grow and prosper," said Zahir Khoja, Director, Mobile Money.

Active in Afghanistan since 2002, the CADG is an engineering and development group, which delivers engineering, logistics aid management and development services to remote and challenging areas. With multiple projects and employees nationwide, it is paramount for the organization to ensure that salaries are paid on-time.

M-Paisa is powered by Roshan and is also part of the Vodafone Money Transfer Group, which has over 22 million M-Paisa/M-Pesa customers worldwide. In April 2011, M-Paisa received Afghanistan's first Electronic Money Institute (EMI) license from the Da Afghanistan Bank.

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