Dhaka, Sep 30 (UNB)- Robi, mobile network operator signed an multilateral agreement with micro-insurance provider, Arthik, and coastal based non-government development organisation, Sangram aiming to facilitate people in the rural communities of the country to avail smartphones.
Robi’s Executive Vice President, New Business & M-Money Products, Ahmed Armaan Siddiqui, Arthik’s Managing Director, Khalid Hossain and Sangram’s Director of HRM & Admin, Chowdhury Mohammad Moin signed the agreement at the Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation in Agargaon in presence of PKSF’s Deputy Managing Director, Md Fazlul Kader.
The agreement would allow the marginal people to get the opportunity of using smartphones with convenient price and EMI facility without having any credit card or even bank accounts.
Arthik will work as the digital inclusion aggregator platform who will be responsible for arranging the micro-insurance facility for all the handsets sold under this agreement by Robi. Sangram, the NGO, on the other hand, will analyze the credit behavior of their beneficiaries and encourage them to avail the smartphone from Robi.
They will also arrange different training and awareness programmes to promote the mobile handset financing programme. The micro-insurance provided by Arthik will work as the safety net for Sangram in case, anyone fail to pay the loans taken from Sangram for purchasing the handset.
Robi’s General Manager, New Business & M-Money Products, AM Shakhawath Hossain, Manager, New Business & M-Money Products, Raju Ahamed and Arthik’s Director, Tabassum Al- Atter and Nafiur Rahman were present on the occasion.