Government uses digital technology to drive economic growth – Akufo-Addo

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President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo said last June that his government was using digital technology to drive growth and transformation in the Ghanaian economy.

“Indeed, last year, the national health insurance card was integrated into the Ghana card as part of the consolidation process. It has also been integrated with GRA to form the TIN number, and it will be used to check all SIM records soon. The overall goal of the government is to integrate all databases for efficient administration of the country. Big data analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Things are becoming a reality in Ghana,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo said so during the launch of MTN’s 25th anniversary.

Read the full story originally published June 2, 2021 by ClassFM.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, said the government is using the application of digital technology to drive the growth and transformation of the Ghanaian economy and thereby help ensure that every Ghanaian gets the most out of this process.

Speaking at MTN’s 25th anniversary launch on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, President Akufo-Addo said that since taking office in 2017, his government has taken decisions that have provided the necessary impetus to boost multi-level economy.

“We recognized that having a national database was one of the essential elements of a digital economy and made it a priority by implementing the national identification program and completing the first phase of the National Digital Property Addressing System, to support geolocation and postal code issuance,” he said.

Addressing the gathering, the President noted that in order to make the Ghana card the primary source of identification for accessing services in the country, the majority of Ghanaians have been enrolled on the national biometric identity card, adding that this will strengthen coordination between state institutions. , and provide significant benefits to citizens.

“Indeed, last year, the national health insurance card was integrated into the Ghana card as part of the consolidation process. It has also been integrated with GRA to form the TIN number, and it will be used to check all SIM records soon. The overall goal of the government is to integrate all databases for efficient administration of the country. Big data analytics, machine learning and the Internet of Things are becoming a reality in Ghana,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo told the assembly that the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization was also embarking on an ambitious national broadband infrastructure development program for the ICT sector, with particular emphasis on providing full connectivity to unserved and underserved communities across the country.

The rural telephony and digital inclusion project, he said, is currently being rolled out, and the construction of 2,016 solar cell sites across the country has started in earnest, to provide voice and data connectivity. to millions of rural inhabitants and facilitate national homelessness as well.

Furthermore, he pointed out that a Common Monitoring Platform (CMP), which monitors communication traffic and provides real-time verification of transactions in the telecommunications sector, has been established as a measure of transparency and accountability. to build trust and improve the functioning relationship between government and industry players.

“The government is committed to efficient delivery of public services and has rolled out e-government services including the introduction of paperless port operations, e-procurement, e-parliament , e-justice, online check-in and the use of the smart work virtual office application, among other initiatives,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo continued, “An electronic platform for the payment of all government goods and services, the ghana.gov.gh platform, has been created to promote efficiency and transparency in the collection of revenues and improve the security of transactions in the public. sector.”

Through the Accra Digital Hub, the President told the assembly that the government was providing state-of-the-art commercial office space for ICT companies and BPOs, and training young people in business in startup.

After establishing the mobile money interoperability platform to promote a seamless flow of money between different networks, President Akufo-Addo told the gathering that he was “proud that Ghana is the first African country to introduce a universal QR code, which has the ability to meet the needs of both banked and unbanked customers by facilitating payments from multiple funding sources, such as mobile wallets, cards or bank accounts, on any platform.

With the digital revolution facing the challenges of data security and privacy, he said the government has put in place the right cyber security and data protection laws to maintain the quality of experience in using digital services.

Following the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), President Akufo-Addo was confident that digital platforms, systems and technology will play a central role in the success of the AfCFTA.

He therefore urged MTN and indeed all industry players to continue to work with the government, “as we roll out new initiatives to deepen digitalization in a more sustainable way.”

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