Ethio telecom Introduces Loyalty Scheme, Online Retail Platform

Apr 30 , 2022

The state-owned Ethio telecom has launched a customer loyalty programme and an online retail platform ahead of impending competition from Safaricom Ethiopia Plc. The 'Ashamtele' customer loyalty programme allows subscribers to win incentives and rewards based on points collected from using telecom services such as voice, internet and SMS. Subscribers can use the 'Telegebeya' web-based sales platform to buy mobile devices, modems, and broadband terminals. The platform is being rolled out in Addis Abeba, where users can pay for their products through Telebirr and have the goods delivered. The state-owned operator's Telebirr mobile money platform has garnered over 17 million subscribers since launch in May 2020. It has facilitated transactions worth over eight billion Birr.


DDR Initiative Gets 16m Boost

A 16 million euro initiative to facilitate the disarmament, demobilisation, and reintegration (DDR) of nearly 370,000 ex-combatants was launched last week. Financed by the European Union (EU) the program will be implemented across eight regional states. It is overseen by the National Rehabilitation Commission (NRC), the agreement was signed at the Ministry of Finance's headquarters on King George St. Key figures including Semereta Sewasew, state minister for Finance; Teshome Toga, commissioner...


Central Bank Launches Youth Enterprise Forum

A financial education program targeting youth and Medium & Small Enterprises (MSMEs) was launched by the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE) last week. It aims to equip interested trainees with personal and professional knowledge through experts from banks and microfinance institutions who will provide comprehensive training. The training modules, developed in collaboration with The First Consult and BRIDGE, cover several angles of financial literacy, including deposits, digital financial servic...


ArifPay Takes a Leap with Massive Capital Boost

Shareholders of ArifPay Financial Technologies S.C. have taken a significant stride by resolving to raise the company's paid-up capital to 300 million Br. The decision doubles down from the current 140 million Br marking a substantial increase. ArifPay, was established by 142 shareholders and secured the distinction of being the first payment operator licensed by the National Bank in 2021. CEO Bernard Laurendeau emphasised the critical timing of this capital increase, aligning with the company...