April 13, 2015: (Kabul, Afghanistan) - M-Paisa, Afghanistan's leading m-commerce provider, and Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS), which operates and manages electric power generation, transmission, and distribution in major cities throughout Afghanistan, announced today a partnership that will enable Kabul residents to pay their electricity bills using M-Paisa, Roshan's mobile money service. The initiative will commence with a pilot program for the approximately 320,000 customers in Kabul and will then expand to other provinces including Herat and Kandahar.
M-Paisa is a cost-effective, secure and convenient method for bill payment. It saves customers time and money by enabling them to pay their bills directly on their phones. Additionally, with the recent upgrades to M-Paisa's system that enable the integration of an M-Paisa account with bank accounts, customers are able to transfer the money directly from their bank accounts to Breshna through M-Paisa on their phones.
"We are delighted to collaborate with Breshna to offer Afghans a superior system for bill payment through Roshan's M-Paisa," said Karim Khoja, Chief Executive Officer of Roshan."This new electronic bill payment through M-Paisa makes it easier for our customers to pay their electricity bill from the safety of their homes and at the touch of a button from their phones."
"Using new technology to make it easier and faster for our customers to pay their electricity bills through M-Paisa highlights Breshna's commitment to the people of Afghanistan," said Abdul Raziq Samadi, CEO of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS)."We will continue to work with the telecom industry and leading companies like Roshan to expand this service across Afghanistan," he added.
With over 1.3 million registered users and over $6 million transactions transferred each month, M-Paisa is the largest m-commerce provider in Afghanistan and plays a vital role in the country's financial infrastructure. Since M-Paisa's pioneering launch in 2008, it has expanded to provide a wide range of services and payment options, including merchant payments, bill payments, and humanitarian payments from national and international donor organizations.