UBA customers can now pay for govt services, taxes through GePG

08Jul 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
UBA customers can now pay for govt services, taxes through GePG

CLIENTS of UBA Bank Tanzania can now pay for goods and services obtained from over 600 state affiliated agencies, ministries and public companies through Government electronic Payment Gateway (GeGP) thanks to the lender’s integration into the system.

UBA Bank Tanzania’s CEO Usman Isiaka speaks at a past event.

The Dar es Salaam based bank said yesterday in a statement that its system has been successfully integrated into the GePG hence allowing clients to effectively make all government related payments including tax and non-tax revenue at any of UBA Tanzania’s branches countrywide.

UBA Tanzania’s Head of Public Sector, Dominick Timothy said the integration its system into GePG is one of several ways that the pan-African lender is supporting state development initiatives collection of tax and non-tax revenue.

“It has always been our aspiration to support government’s initiatives of which efficient means of revenue collection through digital expertise of the bank, is a key component,” Timothy adding that the bank appreciates decision by Tanzania Revenue Authority and Treasury to endorse it as an agent in revenue collection.

He further noted that following the successful completion of the GePG integration for tax and non tax government revenue payment, UBA will also be integrating the platform into its multiple digital banking channels like mobile application, internet banking, Leo chatbot, USSD Magic Banking and Webcollect.

“I must be clear on this, with the GePG, every person, irrespective of whether or not he/she is an UBA Bank client, can effect payments to TRA and other government agencies through any of our branches,” he said.

The GePG was adopted in 2016 by President John Pombe Magufuli’s administration to improve revenue collection across its institutions, ministries, departments and agencies, a bold initiative that has effectively plugged revenue leakages while boosting collections.

UBA Tanzania was one of the eight banks in the country that were certified by TRA to start collecting government revenue through GePG from July 1, 2020. Last year, UBA Tanzania was one of the two commercial banks in the country that provided guarantees on behalf of the JV of Arab Contractors and Elsewedy Electric of Egypt for the construction of the U$2.95 billion 2,115MW Nyerere Hydroelectric Power Project at Rufiji to catalyse the industrialisation objective of the government.