Rwanda govt punts mobile money
VALUE ADDED SERVICESBy BiztechAfrica - Feb. 8, 2012, 1:01 p.m.
Rwanda’s ICT Ministry has embarked on a campaign to grow the use of mobile money.
The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology says while the use of mobile banking and money transfers has grown in Rwanda, more public awareness is needed.
The Ministry said that the country’s mobile telephony subscriber base from had risen to 4.44 million subscribers. Although mobile phones are predominantly used for voice communication, a number of new services, including mobile money transfer, mobile banking and purchase of pre-paid electricity (cash power) and pay-TV subscriber credits have been progressively introduced.
The Ministry said: “As of December 2011, 424,326 subscribers have been registered as active users of mobile money transfer services, representing about only 9% of the total mobile subscriber base.
While banks and mobile communications service providers are diversifying their offers in bringing new services to mobile phone subscribers through standard public advertisements, there is a need to strengthen synergies between different stakeholders in order to address the critical issue of public awareness about economical opportunities and numerous benefits offered by electronic transactions using mobile telecommunications.”
To support this growth, the Ministry of ICT, in partnership with other stakeholders including Banks, RDB, Telecom Companies, EWASA as well as local Government leaders, has initiated a National ICT Awareness Campaign focusing on public awareness about the potential offered by Mobile Money Transfers and Mobile Banking services.
Starting with Kamonyi District the awareness campaign was organized as following:
- An interactive information session on mobile electronic transactions services targeting local Government and District opinion leaders,
- Public awareness campaign demonstrating the benefit brought about by electronic transaction services using mobile phones. Both ICT Bus, District Telecenters and mobile users’ support stands will be used,
- Public awareness campaign in the form of mini-expo targeting the general public and demonstrating practically how to register and utilize mobile phones for electronic money transfer, mobile banking and service payment.
The campaign will continue to the Kayonza, Rubavu and Musanze Districts.
MORE VALUE ADDED SERVICES NEWS
Samsung Partners in good health for Sub-Saharan AfricaSamsung Electronics is supporting the GSMA Mobile for Development mHealth programme on a range of mHealth services in Africa. Read More
New partners join ITU’s Be He@lthy, Be Mobile initiativeThe International Telecommunication Union has announced that global healthcare company GSK and Public Health England (PHE) will join Be He@lthy, Be Mobile, an initiative which it leads in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO). Read More
SIA Group enters African card payments sectorPerago has signed an agreement with Swish Payments to support its new m-commerce initiative in Africa and Europe. Read More
MTN partners Salt & Einstein MTS, NHIS on insuranceMTN Nigeria says it has partnered Salt & Einstein MTS and the National Health Insurance Scheme (NIHS) to help push health insurance to many people in the country leveraging on its wider reach. Read More
Free Twitter on EconetEconet Wireless is now offering free access to Twitter to all subscribers on Econet Broadband. Read More
Gemalto, GSMA drive African mHealth initiativeGemalto has announced its partnership with (global System for Mobile Communication Association (GSMA1) to drive the pan-African mHealth Initiative (PAMI). Read More
Has Africa slowed in global mobile payments innovation?wiGroup says Africa has lost ground to the US and China in the mobile payments innovation race. Read More
New mobile payment system goes live in SAMobile payment system Zapper has launched its innovative and secure payment app for smartphones in South Africa. Read More
Mobile banking numbers to pass online banking by 2019New findings from Juniper Research finds that over 1.75 billion mobile phone users will have used their devices for banking purposes by the end of 2019, compared to 800 million this year. Read More
FEATURED STORYWidening ICT skills gap: Cause for concern
Nigeria's FDI gains could be eroded by the widening gap in indigenous skilled ICT manpower, writes Kokumo Goodie.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHKenya rolls out e-extension to improve agriculture
In a bid to curb the overwhelmed number of agricultural extension officers in Kenya, the ministry of agriculture is embracing technology with their introduction of E-Extension services, which are aimed at reaching out to over 7 million farmers annually.
COMPANY NEWSVMware reports second quarter 2014 results
VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced financial results for the second quarter of 2014.New Sage ERP X3 version puts business information at your fingertips
Sage ERP Africa has announced the availability of Sage ERP X3 version 7, the latest version of its global business management solution for midsized companies.How the cloud can power entrepreneurship and urbanisation in Africa
Cloud computing is not only fundamentally changing the way business operates, it is also driving a new wave of job creation opportunities, says SAP Africa.