The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has expressed government’s desire for every Ghanaian to have a bank account next year as part of measures to ensure financial inclusion in the country.
Dr Bawumia was speaking at the official opening of the 2017 Innovation Week organised by the Ghana- India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in Accra.
The three-day event is on the theme: “Exponential technologies and innovations; an enabler in socio-economic development of Ghana”
Dr Bawumia said “Financial inclusion is very key to the economy. We have to make sure that everybody practically has a bank account”, adding that “this is how we are going to change the economy”.
He said the over 70 per cent of Ghanaians without bank accounts could be helped to own one with the use of technology.
“Everyone has to have a bank account”, he said, adding that “and for that to happen, technology must be available for it to happen”.
“Finally, I’m glad to say that the technical work has been completed on the interoperability of the financial system and by January, we should have it go live and we will launch interoperability so that whether you are using a mobile phone, or a traditional bank account you can all communicate and send monies across, and practically where we are heading is wanting everybody in Ghana to have a bank account. And this is where we expect to be next year.”
He said the government’s resolve to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools to develop the country’s economy has been demonstrated with the introduction of some digital systems in the country.
Dr Bawumia said the rapid exponential growth in technologies and innovation have great impacts on global economies, adding that the country cannot play the ostrich.
He explained that technologies and innovations are influencing research strategies, decisions and problems around the globe.
According to him, technologies and innovation “are the very foundation” of global economies and our current dispensation.
“Let us embrace exponential technologies as engine of growth and as a major source of income”, Dr Bawumia said, adding that “opportunities abound in new digital age”.
The 2017 edition will focus on embracing innovation and efficiency in all sectors and fast-tracking growth and success rates for start-up and Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs).
The Annan-India Centre of Excellence also known as the Advanced Information Technology Institute (aiti) was set up by the governments of Ghana and India to initially bridge the gap between academia and industry by training people to acquire requisite skills to help meet demands of the job market.
The Director-General of the centre, Mr Kwasi Adu-Gyan in an address said the centre was positioning itself to take advantage of the opportunities in the exponential technologies.
He said as a centre set up by the governments of Ghana and India to initially bridge the gap between academia and industry by training people to acquire requisite skills to help meet demands of the job
market, it would continue to pursue its core mandate.
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