Mobile money interoperability set for November

Source: The Finder
Date: 18th-may-2017 Time:  6:44:01 am

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Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has disclosed that government is working to meet its November 2017 timeline for the implementation of mobile money interoperability.

The system when rolled out will allow consumers transfer money across the various networks in the country.

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhlPSS) has since been tasked to provide the platform for the mobile operators.

It followed a botched agreement with Sibton Switch systems which had quoted GH¢4.6 billion as the cost for carrying out the mandate.

Dr Bawumia had earlier in March this year challenged the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems Limited (GhIPSS) to do this work.

Speaking at the first day of the National Policy Summit on Monday, the Vice-President told participants "by the grace of God by November this year we will achieve interoperability of the financial sector in this country,”

“The President asked me to challenge the industry to make sure that this year, interoperability is achieved. We have challenged them and they have responded very well. In the last meeting we had with them, they showed us a road map".

Mobile money interoperability forms part of efforts to drive the government’s financial inclusion agenda.

This is also the third of three pillars that the Vice President believes will drive the NPP’s economic growth agenda.

The two include a robust national database with an effective identification system as well as a national digital address system.

Dr Bawumia who also heads the government’s economic management team is confident the financial inclusion drive should be achieved with an effective interoperability in the financial space.

 “The third element is in the financial sector the payment .’ system and we want to make sure that there is financial inclusion in this country but the key to that particular but a , key to that particular area is to make sure that there is interoperability amongst the systems.”

The CEO of GhIPSS, Archie Hesse earlier confirmed the contract by government to develop an interoperable platform for telecom operators.

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