Jul 1, 2013

Airtel Money facilitating Government-to-Person Payments in DRC

The Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo is embracing mobile money to make seamless large-scale salary payments. In May 2013, about 66,000 civil servants in DRC received their salaries via Airtel Money.

DRC remains one of the countries with limited banking facilities in Africa but rapid spread in mobile money sector has enabled the government to leverage mobile money to increase financial inclusion for the poor.

Mobile money G2P payments have the potential to bring banking services to beneficiaries by ensuring that payments land in accounts which permit recipients to save and make transactions.

In December 2012, with the support from the DRC central Government and in partnership with the Congolese Association of Banks and local banks, more than 1,100 policemen received their salaries via Airtel Money.

Airtel has been at the forefront of technological innovations. When it launched the Airtel Money services in DRC in March 2012, the telecommunications company introduced the concept of mobile banking in the Central African country. The mobile Money platform has been widely adopted by customers for the purchase of airtime, Person-2-Person cash transfers and utility bill Payments.