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Ghana rolls out e-commerce pilot program

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In a move seen as a watershed for developing and pushing forward online banking and e-payments, Ghana’s local assemblies and governments are beginning to use a pilot program to bolster e-commerce in the country.

Ghana's ICT minister Edward Omane Boamah (image: file)
Ghana’s ICT minister Edward Omane Boamah (image: file)

The government’s e-payment system is reported to have been launched by 12 selected Metropolitan and Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in the country and has already received positive reaction from both citizens and experts, who say it has helped make things easier.

“The Ghana E-Payment Platform (GEPP) has been developed to support various types of online payment methods complemented by Payall, a Ghanaian payment network accepting cash and cheque payments through an offline payment confirmation process,” the government said in a statement announcing the launch.

“The GEPP interfaces with different partners for online and offline processing of payments made for governmental services,” it added.

ICT minister Edward Omane Boamah said the pilot has been “positive.”

“The controller and Accountant-General’s Department has therefore been approached to initiate procedures for opening pool accounts for processing Visa and e-Transact payments,” he said.

David Eto

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