Ghana’s e-Payment system boosts revenue generation
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s government online payment transactions have witnessed a tremendous boost during the past year, the government reports. Between December 7, 2014, and November 2015, the total revenue collected via e-payment with this period amounted to GHC 11,101,757.50).
This development was as a result of the government’s implementation of e-Service application to support the payment of the government services delivery online and provide postal and delivery services for selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) including the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Police Service-CID, Ghana Tourism Authority, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Ministry of Foreign Affairs- Passport Office, Food and Drug Authority, National Communications Authority, Drivers and Vehicle License Authority, Mineral Commission, Departments of Births and Deaths, Registrar General’s Department and Ghana Immigration Services.
To strengthen the government’s online payment systems to offer an efficient and reliable service to customers on a regular basis, all existing 30 WiMAX BTSs installed across the country has been upgraded to 4G LTE Base Stations to serve as the last mile station.
According to the Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, the nationwide 4G LTE network will provide access to key government service to all regional and district offices.
Speaking at the World Development Report 2016 on Digital Dividends in Accra, Dr Omane Boamah reiterated the government’s broader commitment to bridge the infrastructure gap to enable broader participation in the information age.
“Government has completed building a National Data Centre infrastructure that will serve the public and private entities in the country. In furtherance of the government’s resolve to bridge the digital gap between the served, unserved and underserved areas of the country, the Ministry in 2015 constructed 21 Enhanced Community Information Centres (e-CIC’s) in the 10 regions of Ghana to bring internet access closer to the people,” he said.