State Telco, Transport Ministry to Ink Fuel Deal

Jul 2 , 2022

The state-owned Ethio telecom and the Ministry of Transport & Logistics are set to officialise a deal that would see transport vehicles use the former's mobile money platform to pay for fuel at gas stations. Federal transport authorities have identified a quarter of a million vehicles providing public transport services that are set to continue receiving fuel subsidies for the coming five years. All other vehicles will see subsidies lifted off next financial year, paying full price at pumping stations by next July. Transport vehicles will receive a personal identification number (PIN) code that allows them to pay at gas stations using Telebirr, where data on vehicles and their owners is stored. Hundreds of transport providers had registered on the platform by the middle of last month.


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...