In a groundbreaking partnership, the County Government of Kisumu has joined forces with Safaricom Business to introduce the Integrated County Revenue Management System (ICRMS). Launched on January 25, 2024, the innovative platform aims to revolutionize Kisumu County’s revenue collection, administration, and reporting processes, addressing challenges and optimizing efficiency.
Key Features of ICRMS
1. Diverse Revenue Services
The ICRMS caters to various revenue services, including parking, cess, markets, advertising, property rates, and approvals. By consolidating these services, the platform minimizes queues and wait times at county offices, enhancing the overall citizen experience.
2. Convenient Payment Options
Residents benefit from convenient payment options through various channels, including USSD (*427#), WhatsApp, the MyKisumu App, and a web self-service portal. The integration with payment channels like MPESA and banks ensures real-time, accurate reporting, and seamless reconciliation of transactions.
3. Technological Expertise
Safaricom’s technological prowess drives the streamlined and modernized revenue collection processes embedded in the ICRMS. This not only facilitates efficiency in service delivery but also enhances accessibility and transparency in revenue management.
4. Dashboards for Monitoring
Executives have access to dashboards that provide enhanced visibility and control over revenue performance and operations. These monitoring tools empower decision-makers to track and assess the effectiveness of revenue services in real-time.
5. End-to-End Support
East Africa Device Assembly Kenya plays a pivotal role by providing purpose-fit smartphones required to run the revenue application used by dedicated revenue collectors. The secure management of these devices ensures their effective use in running revenue collection services.
Statements from Key Figures
Cynthia Karuri-Kropac, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at Safaricom, emphasized the commitment to driving positive change through technological capabilities. The ICRMS implementation aligns with Safaricom’s mission to connect, empower, and improve the lives of Kenyans by promoting digital transformation for efficient service delivery.
Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o of Kisumu County highlighted the collaborative effort, stating, “We have co-created this platform with Safaricom to provide a seamless and user-friendly experience for Kisumu residents and county officials to contribute to the overall efficiency of revenue management.
Transparency and Accountability
The ICRMS incorporates transparency features, offering real-time updates on revenue collection and usage. This fosters accountability and trust between citizens and the county government, further enhancing the credibility of the revenue management system.
The launch of the Integrated County Revenue Management System marks a significant stride in leveraging technology to enhance governance and public service delivery. This partnership between Safaricom and Kisumu County sets a precedent for digital solutions that empower local governments, streamline processes, and ultimately contribute to the socio-economic development of the region.