New electronic system launched for paying electricity bills

Egypt is to adopt electronic payment of electricity bills under the auspices of “Bee”, an electronic payment solutions company. This new service is a collaboration with South Cairo Electricity Company and Egyptian company “e-finance”, said Bee in a statement.

The company added that the new service is designed to make bill payments easier for individuals as they can pay their electricity bills in one of 20,000 Bee outlets across Egypt and inquire about the amount to be paid. Users have to enter the electricity metre number and will get a receipt once the action is completed.

South Cairo Electricity Company claimed that around 10 million citizens will use the new service.

The introduction comes after a successful trial in a Zamalek supermarket was undertaken to test the efficiency of the service in June.

Bee stated that they are intending to work in collaboration with government entities to offer other electronic payment services.

This is not the first attempt Egypt has adopted the electronic payment concept as e-finance developed a tax and custom tax collection project in 2008 where they collected about EGP 360bn. Also, there was another project run by the company in 2009 in which they established a salary payment system for more than 1 million government workers.

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