News update Telecoms and ICT in Africa – Issue No 128 on 20 September 2002

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TANZANIA’S SMART CARD PROJECT - FIRST STEP ON THE ROAD TO NEW CASHLESS APPS

20 September 2002

During the presentation of an African smart card project earlier this year in Ivory Coast, the audience laughed in disbelief. Africa still largely deals in cash only so the idea of a fancy form of electronic cash seemed ludicrous. Who could trust it? was the question on everyone’s lips.   But wait a minute. Isn’t that what people do when they buy "pay-as-you-go" cell phone cards and scratch cards for internet access. It doesn’t take too much imagination to see this type of payment system being extended. An interesting project in Tanzania is testing these boundaries. News Update spoke to…