Govt ensuring financial inclusion – Finance Minister

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The Finance Minister Ken Ofori Atta has said the government is ensuring financial inclusion.

Presenting the 2022 budget statement on Wednesday November 17, he said “Mr. Speaker, our priority is to facilitate investment and development of communication infrastructure including integration and leveraging of data systems and platforms.

“Government is working towards enhancing the capacity of key institutions and
strengthening coordination with the private sector for improved service delivery, business
expansion and economic transformation.

“This is consistent with the vision of the President to bridge the digital divide and make technology a driver of our socio-economic progress.

“Government is making significant progress towards our digitalisation drive. We are
happy to announce that, to date, we have issued unique identification cards to over 11.6
million Ghanaians.

“The second phase of the National Digital Property Addressing
System as well as the establishment of a national digital property register are complete.

“Mr. Speaker, with the expansion of digital financial platforms, including mobile
money and its interoperability with the banking system, we are increasing financial
inclusion. We are also in the process of digitising the health records of Ghanaians and
creating a national digital platform for the sale of pharmaceutical products to improve the
efficiency of our healthcare.

“Mr. Speaker, our plan to establish a comprehensive Government-wide database
and register, as a reference platform and Management System for all Government digital
assets, was set in motion with stakeholder engagements. We are currently awaiting the
outcome of the preliminary assessment to inform the next steps.”

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