Akufo-Addo led Government Using ICT to Formalize Economy Bawumia

The Akufo-Addo led Government is determined to leverage the advantages of technology to address the challenges Ghana has faced over the years.

The introduction of a National ID Card, Digital Property Addressing System, Mobile Money Interoperability, paperless systems at the port, to name a few, are reflective of the Government’s commitment to the application of technology to resolve Ghana’s age-long challenges, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has stated.

This was when he addressed the second Africa Biennial Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) hosted by the School of Information and Communications, University of Ghana, Legon on Wednesday.

“We have long lived with public sector inefficiencies in the educational, economic and land administration sectors,” Dr. Bawumia noted explaining that “now we see how information and communication technology have revolutionized our ways of keeping records and processing information in these sectors. The story is the same in our banks, hospitals, courts and other government departments.

“Digital technology is rapidly changing how people communicate with one another, produce and consume goods and services, and construct narratives about themselves”.
Furthermore, he said “our government has introduced a number of digital technology-based initiatives that will bring efficiency, ease, and comfort to endeavours in many sectors of our economy.”

Enumerating some of the successes already chalked in the course of the digitization agenda, the Vice President mentioned the improved turn-around times at the Ports, greater financial inclusion for the large unbanked population, more efficiency in the acquisition of passports and the virtual elimination of corruption in the acquisition or renewal of Drivers’ Licenses adding that many more technological applications are either being fine-tuned or would be implemented soon.

These include making top-notch senior high school tuition accessible through the soon-to-be-launched I-Box, via which lectures of tutors in A- Class schools will be recorded and made available to all schools across the country, and the outdooring of an emergency number linked to the Police, Fire Service and the Ambulance Service, as well as the Digital Property Address System to make emergency service provision quicker.

“Another step is to align all payments for government services such as passports, birth and death registration, port duties, DVLA fees and charges, Registrar General’s Business registration fees to be done online, with the support of mobile money interoperability and other FinTech systems. Hopefully this will be in announced by the Finance Minister in the upcoming coming budget, “he disclosed.

Government, Vice President Bawumia assured, would stay in the digitization course in order to improve the lives of the ordinary citizen.


Created: 08 November 2018
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