Minister of Lands, William Lukuvi said in Dar es Salaam this week that the agreement is a very convenient way of making land bills payment which will help customers save time as payment can be done any time anywhere.
“We understand that Airtel adopted GePG payment system way back, partnering with Ministry of Land today will simplify our bills collection which in turn will increase government tax collection exercise,” Lukuvi said. The Government’s Electronic Payment Gateway (GePG) allows people to pay taxes, bills and other payments to the state through digital means.
He pointed out that the move is also aimed at further promoting and deepening financial inclusion among the Tanzanians by easing payment processes where customers had to travel to the Ministry or find nearest bank to pay their land bills.
“I call upon all Airtel customers who own land to collect their bills either electronically or physically from the Ministry of Lands and pay using Airtel Money,” the Minister added while noting that the government’s innovative efforts in introducing GePG has eased the process of acquiring bills and making payments by the public.
“This model of paying government bills has resulted in many benefits such as proper record keeping, timely reporting, reduced leakages, time saving and fraud prevention as well as increasing revenues,” he underlined.
The latest statistics from Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority, the local market has more than 260 million mobile money subscriptions with total mobile money transactions valued at more than 8trn/-.
Speaking at the same occasion, Airtel Tanzania Corporate Communications and Regulatory Affairs Director, Beatrice Singano said the mobile phone service company supports state plans to increase financial inclusion in Tanzania.
“We understand the importance of tax payment and revenue collection to the government as it is the only way to achieve strategic project development. We will continue partnering with our government agencies and institutions to facilitate ease in paying government taxes, fees and charges,” Singano noted.
She called on Tanzanians to continue using all Airtel Digital services as they are convenient and user friendly with reliable security. “It is important to understand that Tanzanians own Airtel by 49 percent through the government. Using Airtel services means you are using your own firm’s products and services,” Singano added.
Airtel Money is currently connected to over 1,000 billers including utility service providers and is also integrated with over 40 financial institutions which allow customers to withdrawal, make payment and savings. The company has rolled out close to 1,000 Airtel Money Branches across the country.