ADDIS ABABA – Ethio telecom has partnered with Immigration and Citizenship Service (ICS) to enable its Telebirr subscribers to settle passport services related payments through the payment platform.
Top officials of the two institutions signed the partnership agreement, which integrates the Telebirr payment system with immigration and citizenship services.
The agreement would allow the customers to pay fees for new passport issuance, renewal services and other services through Telebirr, said Ethiopia’s state-owned operator, adding the launch of the service is part of the journey of realizing Digital Ethiopia.
It also provides “fast and secured alternative payment services”, the company added.
Apart from ICS, dozens of public and private institutions, including Ethiopian Airlines, Ethiopian electric utility and water and sewerage services, and Hybrid Designs PLC /Ride/, have integrated their services with Telebirr.
Recently, Ethio Telecom announced that about 20 more public and private companies are planning to join the payment system and launch services soon.
Ethiopia’s state-owned operator launched the mobile payment and digital wallet service Telebirr in May, 2021. The company has managed to reach over 19.95 million subscribers with a cumulative transaction value of 20.63 billion-birr transactions to date.
The platform is also integrated with 12 commercial banks to transfer money from bank to telebirr and with 10 banks to transfer money from telebirr to bank. It also engages 82 master agents, 69.8 thousand agents and 18.8 thousand merchants.