UAE adopts electronic bill payment system

PaymentCentric has struck a deal to deploy its recently-launched electronic bill payment system across the UAE.

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By  Richard Agnew Published  October 21, 2003

PaymentCentric has struck a deal to deploy its recently-launched electronic bill payment system across the UAE.

The eJaby solution, which allows utilities and banks to offer bill payments at 'depots' in public areas, will be rolled out next year after being adopted by the UAE's General Information Authority (GIA).

The deal with the GIA, which coordinates IT policies for the UAE's ministries, will see eJaby kiosks initially deployed in banks and customer centres. In the second phase, they will likely be installed at department stores, shopping malls and other locations.

"We'll be moving the service to the Emirates, to the entire country, and we hope to have it operational in mid-2004," says Nizar Zahran, PaymentCentric business development manager. "The market is threefold [that of] Jordan in terms of billing," he adds.

The move gives an early boost to PaymentCentric, which is attempting to grow eJaby into a regional brand. The system is currently being piloted in Jordan and the provider says it is close to agreeing its expansion into Syria. B8-1

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