Ride sharing service Uber and mobile financial service BKash have teamed up to allow riders to pay fares in a contactless, convenient and secure manner during the COVID19 pandemic.
The partnership will allow millions of Bangladeshi riders to hire Uber rides seamlessly, with the convenience of cashless payment, said a press release on Monday.
‘During an ongoing global pandemic and especially as cities start moving again, we understand the importance of safer, cashless transactions to help maintain physical distancing,’ said Uber APAC business development director Nandini Maheshwari.
She said: ‘With this partnership we hope to promote more digital transactions, reduce cash dependency on the platform and improve the country’s digital financial infrastructure.’
Serving approximately 45 million local users, BKash has been used daily to transfer money, pay for utilities and for other services.
Under the new partnership, BKash users will have instant access to Uber, and safe and reliable rides at the touch of a button. BKash termed the partnership as a big step on its journey to increase digitised payments on its platform.
BKash chief commercial officer Mizanur Rashid said ‘Facilitated through our partnership with Alipay, the automatic payment options provided to Uber rides by BKash will bring more relief to customers during this pandemic.’
The experience of this new digital payment facility will further drive the adoption of uninterrupted ride-sharing services, he added.
As the first ride-sharing company to commence operations in Bangladesh in 2016, this partnership shows Uber’s unwavering commitment to serving riders, drivers and cities in the country.
With operations across Dhaka, Chattogram, Sylhet and Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh remains an important market for Uber.
Want stories like this in your inbox?
Sign up to exclusive daily email
More Stories from Miscellany