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‘Service for paying bills online to be launched in April’

By Mohammad Ghazal - Jan 08,2014 - Last updated at Jan 08,2014

AMMAN — Jordanians will be able to inquire about their private sector and government bills and settle them online through the eFAWATEERcom service, to be launched in April by the Central Bank of Jordan.

“Those with bank accounts will be able to see their bills the moment they are issued and can settle them online immediately without the need to visit the branches of electricity or water companies,” Maha Bahou, executive manager of the payment systems department at CBJ, told The Jordan Times.

All banks in Jordan will be connected to the software, which was developed by Jordanian company Madfoo3atCom for Electronic Payments, she said.

“Those wishing to benefit from the service will need to fill a profile at their banks with the number of their electricity and water meters, the buildings they own and other information related to their possessions, and their bills will be sent to them online by the end of each month,” Bahou added.

eFAWATEERcom aims to provide Jordanians with a convenient, time-saving and flexible method to review and settle their bills via ATMs, mobile banking, Internet banking and other electronic payment methods under a unified system, according to a Madfoo3atCom statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times.

The service will allow beneficiaries to cover electricity, phone, water, education, healthcare, travel and tourism, e-Commerce and insurance bills, in addition to government fines, property taxes and other fees, subsequently ensuring “fast, low-cost transactions” for all involved parties.

“Now that CBJ is involved, it will be reassuring for users concerned about the safety and security of transactions they conduct online using this software,” Bahou said, noting that it was “developed in line with highly sophisticated international standards to ensure safety”.

“We expect the programme to boost usage of e-transactions,” she added.

Nasser Saleh, CEO and founder of Madfoo3atCom, stressed that “the service will offer Jordanians optimum flexibility and security while paying their bills via electronic channels such as mobile phones and laptops.”

“It will also enable them to avoid any unnecessary service shut-offs that may occur due to delayed transactions, as well as the immediate activation of an inactive service,” the statement quoted him as saying.

“eFAWATEERcom will also positively impact the national economy as a whole as a result of faster cash-flow, higher effectiveness and time-efficiency,” he added.

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