Roshan Test Mobile Payments in Afghanistan's Post Offices
Published on: 14th Oct 2013
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Afghanistan's Roshan has announced a partnership with Afghan Post that will enable Afghans to access M Paisa mobile banking services in post offices.
The initiative will commence with a six-month pilot program, making services available at 19 post offices throughout Kabul. Upon completion of the pilot, the partnership will expand to include more than 400 post offices throughout Afghanistan.
Roshan customers will be able to access the full suite of M-Paisa services including registration, deposits, withdrawals, bill payments and more at all participating post offices.
As a key component of the partnership, Roshan has pledged to fund improvements to the 19 post offices involved in the pilot. These improvements include the installation of Public Call Office handsets in each branch, which will allow Afghans access to low-cost public telephone services. This will add to the more than 11,000 Public Call Offices Roshan currently operates throughout Afghanistan.
"The ability for Afghans in every part of the country to get paid on time and in full, and to make payments is absolutely critical for the development of Afghanistan's economy. M-Paisa fulfills this crucial need in a cost-effective, secure and convenient way," said Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer, Roshan. "We are delighted to collaborate with the Afghan Post and the Afghan government to help bring these fundamental services to so many Afghans."
With over 1.2 million registered users and over $4 million in salary payments transferred each month, M-Paisa is now the largest m-commerce provider in Afghanistan.