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Philippine City, USAID to Launch Mobile Payment Scheme
Source: futuregov.asia
Source Date: Friday, November 09, 2012
Focus: Internet Governance
Country: Philippines
Created: Nov 13, 2012

The city of Valenzuela and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are collaborating to launch a new partnership that will promote the use of mobile payments for select government services.

The project will implement the adoption of mobile technology in the city’s financial transactions to help cut administrative costs, increase transparency, reduce potential leakage of government funds, and make doing business with the government easier for citizens.

According to USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education and Environment, Eric Postel, the project is part of the ‘Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money Project’ which will target three key areas: payment of government services, payroll distribution, and payment of private services such as utilities.

He added that it will initially cover real property tax payments and later include payment of community tax certificates, business permits, market fees and other local government fees.

“It also supports USAID Forward, an initiative which focuses on innovation and the application of technology to achieve high-impact development,” Postel said.
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