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Ghana Card Is Tackling Identity Fraud, Age Cheating – Bawumia3 min read

Ghana Card Is Tackling Identity Fraud, Age Cheating – Bawumia<span class="wtr-time-wrap after-title"><span class="wtr-time-number">3</span> min read</span>

The ills of an informal economy are being dealt with by the introduction of the Ghana Card identifying the system as part of the digitalization agenda of the government, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has said.

He said age cheating, identity fraud, fake insurance and birth certificates as well as fake passports are being dealt with through digitalization.

He said these in an address he delivered on the digital economy at the 20th edition of the Ghana Club 100 Awards on Saturday, December 9 while highlighting the benefits of the digitization economy.

The award, over the years, has been a fitting platform to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of businesses across various sectors, as well as their contributions to our country.
Dr Bawumia underscored the indispensability of the private sector’s contribution towards economic progress and also reiterated the government’s commitment to aiding the private sector to thrive.

“One of the areas that we can help our private sector immensely is to transition from the informal economy that we have in many countries, especially in Ghana. When we came into office we were facing some major challenges in the area of informal economy. Before you can really build an economy that is going to be transformational, you need to take care of major problems that are in the informal economy.

“You look at an economy in the informal sense which turned to be undisciplined, the society is undisciplined because the economy is informal and there are no consequences for bad actions, you have a society where corruption prevails, you have lawlessness, you have a tax dodging society, you have an unbanked society, you have a loan repayment dodging society, identity fraud, people assuming identities of others, lack of address systems, age cheating, fake insurance, fake birth certificates, fake passports, no functional address systems, ghost workers on government payrolls.

“These ills of the informal economy that we really inherited made it very difficult for the economy to transform to its potential. That is why we set out to formalize the economy to make sure that the economy works in a transparent system. That area of formalization of the economy we realized heavily on digitalization of the economy to formalize the economy.

“This is why we have been moving sturdily and we have made a lot of progress in this particular area. Of course, the anchor for the digitalization programme has been the Ghana Card that we issued. Today, we have enrolled over a 17million people on the Ghana Card, today we have linked all bank accounts to the Ghana Card, and linked all SIM cards to the Ghana Card, TIN is your Ghana Card number, NHIS number is your Ghana Card number, today we have linked the Ghana Card to the Controller and Accountant General Department payroll. Today we are increasing this formalization of the economy as a result of digitalisation, we are digitalizing all government services through and so on.

“All these bring transparency and that helps businesses, it makes the system clearer, it reduces corruption because you can get services without actually going to meet anybody who will demand a bribe,” the flagbearer of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) said.