Jakarta. Go-Jek, a popular application-based ride-hailing platform, has launched a new service, Go-Bills, which allows users to pay health care and electricity bills through its built-in digital wallet Go-Pay.
"Indonesians are transforming into a cashless society and we are hoping that the Go-Bills service will help in the country's transition. In the near future, we will continue to develop the service, which can ease users in paying their monthly bills," Go-Jek co-founder and chief executive Nadiem Makarim told reporters during the Go-Bills launch event on Wednesday (22/11).
The event saw in attendance Communications and Information Technology Minister Rudiantara.
The company is also joining hands with interbank network provider Artajasa, health care and social security agency BPJS Kesehatan and state-controlled Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI).
Users can transfer their funds to Go-Pay accounts from several banks that team up with Go-Jek, and then use it for a number of Go-Jek services, including Go-Bills, taxi service Go-Car and food delivery service Go-Food.
Nadiem said Go-Jek services, especially Go-Pay, promote financial inclusion.
President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo seeks to achieve a 75 percent financial inclusion rate by 2019. In 2014, when he took office, the figure stood at only 36 percent.
In the near future, Go-Jek wants to team up with other banks, as it expands its Go-Bills service by allowing users to pay also for telecommunications and internet services, Nadiem said.
Meanwhile, according to information and technology director at BPJS Kesehatan, Wahyuddin Bagenda, the newly launched service can encourage insurance payers to pay their bills on time, anytime and anywhere.
Recently, Go-Jek has also allowed users top up their Go-Pay wallets at Alfamart convenience stores.
Go-Jek, which has been downloaded 55 million times as of October, currently employs 400,000 partner drivers and connects users to more than 100,000 food outlets. The platform is available in 50 cities across the country.