Ghanaians to pay everyday transactions and transport fares electronically according to Dr Bawumia

Ghana’s Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has said Ghanaians will soon start paying for public transport services which is popularly referred to as tro-tro and other payments with the introduction of the Universal Quick Response (QR) code.

Dr Bawumia

This is coming at a time when the government is determined to make electronic payment an accepted mode of transaction.

This will be done through the roll out of the Universal QR code for Ghana in March this year by the Ghana Interbank Payments and Settlements Systems (GhIPSS)

The Vice President said this at the launch of the Absa Ghana Bank Limited.

According to Dr Bawumia, Ghana must take further advantage of the benefits of technology and digitisation in reaching for a major frontier of financial inclusion.

"Soon we will be buying 'Kofi brokeman,' paying for tro-tro services, paying rent and for stuff in the market with our QR Code. Singapore launched a QR Code system in 2018. Ghana will be about the only country in Africa with a QR Code system."

"It is our determination that Ghana will not be left behind in the fourth Industrial Revolution and our human resource development, our financial sector development should focus broadly on building an inclusive system that opens the landscape for innovation and deepening of both the public and private sector environment."

"Thanks to the Bank of Ghana and GHiPSS, Ghana will launch a Universal QR Code payments system next month. This will make it possible for all retailers to receive payments on their mobile phones without the need for Point of Sale device."

Earlier, Chief Executive of GhIPSS, Archie Hesse, had said that the QR code solution will allow merchants to receive payment from various consumer funding sources on any platform.

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