Launches Water Payment Services in Major Towns

May 21 , 2022

Residents of seven regional towns now have the option to settle their water utility payments through Ethio telecom's Telebirr mobile money platform. The state-owned operator has availed the services in Arba Minch, Harar, Bahir Dar, Finote Selam, Injibara, Dessie, and Combolcha after reaching agreements with the respective administrations. The Information Network Security Agency's Derash integrated payment platform is a crucial cog in the payment scheme. Officials hope the service will enhance the efficiency of water and sewerage service providers. Customers will be able to settle their bills remotely. Telebirr has garnered over 19 million subscribers since it was launched last May. Over 80 "super-agents", 67,000 agents, and 17,000 merchants have signed on. Ethio telecom began piloting pre-commercial 5G network services in Addis Abeba earlier this month.


ZamZam Bank Joins Commodity Exchange Payment System

The pioneering full-fledged interest-free commercial bank, ZamZam Bank, has become the 24th financial institution to join the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange's (ECX) payment system. CEO of the Exchange Wendemagegnehu Negera signed the deal with the President of the Bank Melika Bedri last week. According to the CEO, joining the platform which has around 11,000 accounts registered and has transacted over 386 billion Br so far, will allow a reliable mechanism whereby traders can be certain that pay...


AfDB, ADF to Chart Transformation Path at Diamond Jubilee

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Development Fund (ADF) are gearing up for a major joint meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, expected to draw around 4,000 participants. The event, taking place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre in late May, will focus on "Africa's Transformation," a theme reflecting the continent's ongoing pursuit of economic and social development. "Despite progress over the years, Africa's transformation remains incomplete," said Vincent O. Nmehielle...


Big Art Sale Returns to Addis

The annual Big Art Sale returns to Addis Abeba this weekend. Over 100 artists are expected to showcase their original works and prints at the Hilton Addis. What's Out Addis in partnership with the Hilton Hotel is behind the event that showcases the works of over 100 artists. Big Art Sale has been around for the past 18 years showcasing paints and prints. According to organisers, it offers a chance to meet the artists and enjoy a variety of art forms with a dedicated Kids' Corner and food and...