Ghana.Gov; a centralized public sector digital platform launched

Government is in the process of implementing a rural connectivity project to link the unserved and underserved areas of the country within the next two years, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has revealed.

“Some 4 million citizens will be connected to voice and data telephony services in the remotest parts of our country. Smart investment in infrastructure will improve access to the latest technology, result in greater availability of affordable and reliable broadband connectivity and broader adoption of digital technologies across the entire country as we are determined to promote digital inclusion and leave no one behind”.

The Minister was speaking at the launch of the Ghana.Gov, the centralized public sector digital payment platform at the Jubilee house, on Wednesday, 14th July, 2021.

The Ghana.GOV platform will make it easier for the tax-net to be widened to accommodate more informal and previously overlooked formal entities. It can be used on any phone, laptop or computer.

The plaltform, Minister says will minimise the need for our citizens to engage in physical money interactions, reduce the need for interminable visits to various offices to process and pay for various services, and enable the relevant government bodies to have a single view over all internally generated funds within the country.

Ghana.GOV has come to stay and will improve Government to citizenry interaction. This interaction for the exchange of public services between Government and the citizenry will not only be one way, as the developers of the platform working in close collaboration with our own National Information Technology Agency have also set up a call centre to facilitate the processing of complaints, enquiries and guidance with the use and management of this platform. The Ministry is also assiduously working through the Data Protection Commission and National Cyber Security Centre to safeguard and secure every personal detail. 

 

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful noted that many of the rural folks have embraced mobile technology as a fast and reliable mode of transacting and paying for services in the comfort of their homes. Broadband access and its affordability is a means of growing the use of these digital services. Online education, remote working, virtual offices, online meetings and conferencing, telemedicine etc have become or are becoming the new normal in this covid era, all powered by digital technology.

“To the 3 local Ghanaian-owned technology companies, Hubtel, ExpressPay and IT Consortium, who set aside your competitiveness to collaborate to build this platform from scratch, and your wider local technology community that supported you with ideas and contributions, I am extremely proud of all of you. Thank you so much for rising to the occasion. Ayekoo to all of you. I congratulate the officials of the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, Ministry of Finance, Office of the Vice President, NITA, GRA, BOG, GhIPSS who worked tirelessly, against all odds to make today happen. Well done. This is an excellent example of Public Private Partnership and hopefully, there will be many more such and Ghana today, the world tomorrow as others emulate us” she noted.