GSMA Applauds the Ghanian Govt’s Strides Towards the Mobile Industry

GSMA has applauded the various effort of the Ghanian Government for a successful collaboration with the mobile industry and Ghana Telecoms Chamber.

The GSMA applauded the Ghanaian Government for successfully collaborating with the mobile industry and the Ghana Telecoms Chamber in enabling a data-driven digital economy.

Vice President H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has spearheaded several governmental digitalization initiatives, which are cornerstones for promoting digital services and set to accelerate digital trade in the region.

The Ghana Post GPS National Digital Property Addressing System has digitized all properties. Leveraging a common digital platform for property taxes, out of 8.8 million properties, only 9% contributed to taxes in 2022. The potential for the mobilization of government revenues is enormous.

The Ghana Card, a biometric national Digital identity linking all forms of foundational and functional identities such as the Taxpayer number, birth and death certificates, social security, and national hospital insurance, is key to building a data-driven economy. In 2017, only 4% of the adult population had a taxpayer number and this has now grown to 85%. Babies born in Ghana on or after 31 March 2023 will be issued a Ghana card number. In facilitating digital trade through paperless passports, the Ghana card will soon become a Digital Travel Credential, the main travel document for Ghanaians at 44,000 airports in 197 ICAO-compliant member countries.

Ghana has over 18 million unique mobile subscribers and almost 10 million mobile internet subscribers – equivalent to almost 30%
of the population, which is above the average of 25% mobile internet penetration in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Excerpt from the “The E-levy in Ghana: Economic Impact Assessment”

The achievement of 100% interoperability of traditional and non-traditional financial services platforms allows direct & seamless transfer of funds between mobile wallets, bank accounts, and e-zwich cards.

The mobile phone-based health insurance contribution payment system aims to promote the retention of coverage in the National Health Insurance Scheme.

We acknowledge the positive reduction of the e-levy from 1.5% to 1%, which is already delivering benefits and has supported recovery of the market since the introduction of the levy A further reduction or removal of the levy will consolidate the government’s digitalization efforts in leveraging the mobile money market in to achieve Ghana’s beyond aid digital strategy & growth potential!

Angela Wamola, Head of Sub Saharan Africa, GSMA

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