Vice President dares mobile phone companies to diversify on handsets

12Jul 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Vice President dares mobile phone companies to diversify on handsets

MOBILE phone service companies have been challenged to extend services which the public can access using their mobile phones to include education, health and gender matters targeting the majority rural populations.

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan

Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan told a GSM 360 conference delegates yesterday that the government appreciates the role being played by mobile phone service companies such as financial inclusion.

“But I am certain that you can domore to make sure that the majorityof our people in rural areas can alsoaccess education and health serviceson their mobile phones,” Hassan saidduring an inaugural address of thisyear’s GSM 360 conference.

She further noted that the publiccan also get information on genderissues so that government efforts toadvance gender equality at grass-rootlevel succeed. “The government willcontinue to put in place a conduciveinvestment environment so that mobilephone services companies canoffer their services profitably,” theVice President stressed.Hassan commended the role whichmobile phone service companieshave played saying technology playsa crucial role in speeding up developmentin the country. 

“I hope that thismeeting will discuss and deliberateon issues of provision of affordablemobile phone services to the public,”she underlined while stressing thatthe GSM 360 conference should alignits goals with African Union and UnitedNations Sustainable DevelopmentGoals and the country’s Vision 2020.

Speaking at the same conference,Vice Presidentdares mobile phonecompanies to diversifyservices on handsetsGSM 360

Minister for Communication, Transportand Works, Professor MakameMbarawa also assured mobilephones services companies andother investors of better regulation.

“As government, we will continueworking with your to improve thequality and prices of services providedto the public for rapid economicgrowth,” Prof Mbarawa said.He pointed out that mobile phonehandsets have assisted rapid developmentalong governmentt plans especially in rural areaswhere the majority of the people haveno access to critical social servicessuch as health, education, bankingand communication. The three daysconference which is being hosted byVodacom Tanzania Plc runs throughto Thursday this week and is expectedto gather over 600 delegates from 27African countries.

Meanwhile Chinese conglomerate,Huawei Technologies and a leadingglobal digital cash transfer, WorldRemithave entered a partnership toallow availability of mobile moneytransfer services in Africa.

The agreement which was announcedat the ongoing GSM 360conference will allow Huawei to add areadymade solution for remittances, agrowing mobile money product offering,to its existing suit of services.

“International remittance is a veryimportant mobile money servicesin Africa ad our partnership withWorldRemit will bring internationalremittances directly to Huawei customersacross the continent,” said DavidChen, Huawei Vice President forSouthern Africa.

“We are delighted to add our remittanceoffering to Huawei’s extensiverange of services for mobile moneyproviders,” said WorldRemit Founderand CEO, Ismail Ahmed in a statement.The deal will allow Huawei to build itsmobile money services platform todeliver basic banking transactions indeveloping countries of Africa.

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