When a lot of human interaction is involved in a system, there is the tendency and temptation to override the system due to factors like favoritism, nepotism and general greed. In view of this, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has admitted that one of the simplest ways to go is the use of technology in the fight against corruption in Ghana.
According to him, the advancement of the Internet and mobile payments solutions would aid in tracking and collecting payments due the government, which would make it more difficult for people to steal money from the public purse.
Again, he said the country was gradually putting the requisite technological infrastructure to ensure efficient public services and fight corruption, noting that, Ghana’s mobile money interoperability (MMI) was unique on the African continent because a client could transfer and pull money across networks and also transfer money from one’s mobile money account to bank account and vice versa seamlessly.
Since last year, the Governement has introduced a number of digital solutions including paperless ports system, plans to roll out the national identification system this month, issuance of smart drivers’ licences, electronic certification of businesses and digital property addressing system.
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He said all these at the launch of payswitch, a wholly owned Ghanaian company that is certified to do third-party processing for Visa Master Cards in Ghana.
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