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Gov’t e-payment system centralised

THE e-payment gateway system that allows the public to make payments for government services electronically has been centralised.

Dubbed the Brunei Darussalam Government e-Payment Gateway (ePG), the new service links the ministries and departments with the banks in Brunei to provide secure online payment transactions to the public and automated payment reporting to the ministry’s Treasury Department.

 Currently, electronic payments for government services are done through separate systems created by individual banks.

The new system is expected to make payment processes faster, more efficient and cost-effective.

Three government billers, namely the Department of Electrical Services, the Postal Department and the Revenue Division of the MOF, now make use of the new system to allow transactions coursed through BIBD, HSBC, Baiduri Bank and Standard Chartered Bank.

Plans are also under way to link more government agencies issuing bills into the new system.

“This marks the beginning of a positive transformation on how the public carries out businesses with the government,” said Rokiah Hj Badar, the Acting Accountant General at the Treasury Department.

By seamlessly connecting the government billers with the participating banks, she said, the new system enables the public to use Internet banking or the government agency’s website to pay their bills.

“The public don’t have to queue up at the checkout counter, they can make their payments online through the website of the government agencies involved, through Internet banking services and other channels offered by each participating financial institution,” Rokiah said during the launching ceremony yesterday.

In addition, she said, the public can view their bills and current balance through the Internet banking channels offered.

Developed by a consortium of Telekom Brunei Berhad (Telbru) as system integrator and Australian payment gateway developer Card Access Service, the ePG is said to use global standards of security to ensure payment information is safe.

Once payments have been made at the bank, over the Internet or at a payment counter, an online auto-reconciliation speeds up the accounting processes and enables a secure single point data capture of transactions, eliminating duplication of work and data inconsistencies.

The launch was held at the Ministry of Finance and was officiated by the Acting Minister of Finance II at the Prime Minister’s Office Dato Paduka Hj Bahrin Abdullah.

- Courtesy The Brunei Times, 30 January 2014