Formalising the economy; gov’t launches second of three pillars Featured

Oct 20, 2017

Government’s commitment to change the outlook of the Ghanaian economy from an essentially informal to a formal one received another boost with the launch of the second of the threefold formalization initiative.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, earlier in the year, announced the three pillars - Financial Inclusion; National Identification and Digital Property Addressing System as “the necessary backbone for a formal economy”, at the 5th Economic Outlook and Business Strategy Conference in Accra.
The first pillar, the National Identification System was launched by the President Akufo-Addo on September 15, 2017, as he became the first recipient of the new Ghana Card.
A month after the launch of the first pillar, government has launched yet another - the National Digital Property Addressing System (NDPAS) which is said to provide a unique address through an application that ensures that all locations, properties in the country are addressed in a database.
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, President Akufo-Addo, restated government’s commitment to ensure that business operations in the country will ease up with the introduction of the NDPAS.
“I am thrilled to introduce and experience the beginning of a new era that will change the way we do business in Ghana. We are launching a solution to our addressing and location problems and I would like to use this opportunity to urge the Ghana Post and the Ministry of Communications to leverage on this technology to enhance its operations,’’ he added.
The roll out of the NDPAS is expected to create a database, an avenue for new businesses, and the collection of revenue by service providers like the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ghana Water Company, and Local Government agencies while it will do away with the conventional way Ghanaians are known for, in accessing locations and addresses which have hampered the delivery of emergency services to the populace.
The President further explained, ‘’our security and law enforcement agencies can now access data in the combating and prevention of crimes in the country, and this will also serve as a huge boost to our health and safety sectors in identifying locations and responding to calls effectively to save lives.’’
The President was positive the new addressing system will also promote the livelihoods and safety of every Ghanaian as it eliminates the culture of relying on directions and locations from people.
The addressing system, code-named the GhanaPost GPS, was designed by an indigenous information technology firm Vokacom, that will provide an effective means of addressing locations during the registration period of the National Identification Card.
The GhanaPost GPS application could be accessed on all mobile phones, computers and tablets and also available on all Android and IOS devices.

By Mawuli Yao Ahorlumegah