Driving Taxation with Local Solutions: The Edo, SpacePointe Example

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 10.00AM / Proshare WebTV 

Recently the Edo State Government reported a remarkable 500% increase in its Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) from the 18  Local Governments in the State. 

One of the firms helping the State to achieve this is SpacePointe an innovative payment solutions platform established in 2014, to provide services to the Nigerian market, particularly the informal sector. 

In a recent interview with Proshare WebTV, the CEO Mrs Sayu Abend shared the value of the partnership with Edo State, and the impact of the service delivery that has  improved tax collection. 

Looking at the tax landscape in the State, Mrs Abend shared that SpacePointe was one of the 3 service providers selected by the Edo State Government, to pilot the revenue automation project. She noted that at the end of the pilot, SpacePointe made the final cut to service half of the local governments in the State. 

On the issue of challenges in the tax collection and revenue automation process, the SpacePointe CEO shared that the service provider surmounted the initial apprehension from the collectors, because of its innovative solutions. Considering the fact that SpacePointe had designed its platform to suit the Informal sector demography, adoption across all user types from smartphones to feature phones was seamless and effective. 

To ensure a robust service delivery, SpacePointe according to the CEO Mrs Abend leveraged on the following strategies; effective cash collection process for revenue, ensuring collectors are not always online but are on the field in remote areas, providing simple innovative solutions that will drive quick adoption, ensuring real-time visibility to empower the leadership to make informed decisions and thinking like a fraudster which enables the blockage of loopholes and leaks from the platform design and listening to customers to gain more insight on improving the platform. 

The Edo State Government is the first public sector client for SpacePointe, since it was founded in 2014 and has contributed immensely in driving a robust tax collection and revenue automation process for the State. 

Space Pointe is an e-commerce marketplace which focuses on the African retailer, providing innovative solutions simplifying payments, enhancing tax collection processes with local solutions. 

In 2014 Space Pointe was among the top 40 tech startups for DEMO Africa, and has since then continued to create value in the financial and payments, through tech solutions. 

The company bagged the 2016 West Africa Mobile Commerce and Retail Award for its “CommercePointe” innovation and also bagged the 2016 CBN Cashless Expo best “Cashless Merchant”. 

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