Deployment of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) System

The Ministry of Communications as part of its agenda to protect transactions and interactions on the country’s digital space, has established an authentication and verification system for online transactions.  
 
This system will ensure the creation and management of digital identities, known as certificates. These certificates are necessary for a wide range of government functions and activities including the ability to provide citizens with access to electronic government services, issuance of passports and identity cards. Furthermore, it will also serve as a mechanism for ensuring accountability through digital signing and timestamping.
 
At a one day key ceremony to operationalize Ghana’s National Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) in Accra on Wednesday, 17th July, 2019 the Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, stated that the PKI is coming in as an additional layer of authentication that protects Ghana’s digital infrastructure and electronic payment systems.
 
She said operators in the Fintechs, applications and software developers had long called for the PKI system to give authentication and protection to their products and services.
 
She stated that the PKI will help with digital financial transactions, the issuance of a digital certificate, electronic signatures of documents and authentication of electronic signatures of documents. She intimated that now it is easy to fake all kinds of things using the same technology, so the public key infrastructure is to enable authentication making it difficult if not impossible to falsify electronic signatures, digital signatures and electronic certificate.
 
The Minister of Communications said the establishment of the PKI would enhance the security of electronic transactions and promote e-commerce in the country.
 
The system was funded under the World Bank funded E-Transform project and implemented by the National Information Technology (NITA)