8 July 2009 – In April this year, Kenyan mobile operator Safaricom signed an agreement with Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to enable the power firm’s 13 million customers settle their power bills through the mobile money transfer service, M-Pesa.

An innovation that harnesses the technology of the day and can turn around the challenges African utilities face in billing and revenue collection is Mobile Money (Transfer).  Using the mobile telephone to transmit bills and make payments for utility bills is a platform for African utilities to revolutionise their billing and revenue collection strategy.

It has become necessary to provide power bill paying options that are innovative and convenient, and those that take advantage of new and evolving technologies.

In this light, the Mobile Money Academy comes to the 11th East African Power Industry Convention, as a pre-conference workshop on Tuesday, 11th August 2009 at the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania.

These changes come in the context of power utilities evolving into sustainable businesses that deliver on their mandates.  In this context, revenue collection for African utilities plays a key role as it makes the growth of utilities possible.  It enables utilities to create the fiscal space in order to pursue their projects and development, thereby both stabilising their management as well as serving the needs of their customers. 

Why Mobile Money for billing and bill payment is the answer

Does your utility need to improve its revenue collection targets and bring convenience to customers?

Has your utility struggled to get a winning billing strategy that maintains customer contact and income management?

Have you determined your strategy to allow customers to pay their bills using their mobile phones?

The Mobile Money Academy comes to the 11th EAPIC with the view to introduce this innovation to regional utility decision makers.  The workshop will give an introduction into how Mobile Money can improve revenue collection targets and bring convenience to customers.  A series of case-studies will be explored as well as an overview of the regulatory environment in East Africa for Mobile Money.  Billing, CRM and Metering and pre-payment managers will meet the mobile network operators who will outline the specific products available for utilities.

Who should attend this ground-breaking workshop?
Commercial Managers, Commercial Directors, Customer Service Managers, Key Accounts Managers, Billing Managers, Revenue Protection Managers, Metering Managers, Distribution Managers, Distribution Directors, Prepayment Managers, Vending System Managers, CEO, CIO, Revenue Cycle Managers, Regulators

Meet the programme directors of East Africa’s new mobile money operators – a unique opportunity to build new partnerships and create new revenues!

GUARANTEE YOUR PLACE AT THIS PREMIER BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY
SPACE IS LIMITED!

To register, contact Zonika Koen: zonika.koen@spintelligent.com or register online.  Go to: www.ipad-africa.com/east

iPAD East Africa and the 11th East African Power Industry Convention is proudly sponsored by:
SONGAS, AREVA, EL SEWEDY ELECTROMETER, ERNST & YOUNG SERGI FRANCE and TANESCO.

In partnership with:
THE CORPORATE COUNCIL ON AFRICA; THE CONFEDERATION OF TANZANIA INDUSTRIES; THE EAST AFRICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL; THE EAST AFRICAN POWER POOL; THE FOUNDATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AFRICA; THE NILE BASIN INITIATIVE; THE POWER INSTITUTE FOR EAST AND SOUTHERN AFRICA; THE SOUTHERN AND EASTERN AFRICAN MINERAL CENTRE; THE SOUTHERN AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY; THE TANZANIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY & AGRICULTURE; THE TANZANIAN CHAMBER OF MINERALS & ENERGY; THE TANZANIA INVESTMENT CENTRE; THE TANZANIAN PRIVATE SECTOR FOUNDATION; UK TRADE & INVESTMENT; WORLD ASSOCIATION OF INVESTMENT PROMOTION AGENCIES.

Event information:
iPAD East Africa and EAPIC
11-13 August 2009

Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski
Kivukoni Street
P.O. Box 9574
Dar es Salaam
Tanzania
Phone: +255 22 213 1111
Fax: +255 22 212 0777
Email: kilimanjaro@kempinski.com