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DIGITAL ADDRESS SYSTEM TAKES OFF

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Government is set to introduce the Digital Address System with unique postal codes for every location within Ghana in two weeks’ time, vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed.

Government is set to introduce the Digital Address System with unique postal codes for every location within Ghana in two weeks’ time, vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed.

 

Dr Bawumia stated that the Akufo-Addo led government quest to build a strong economy is in institutional and governance through the use of information and communication technology.

The digital addressing system will ensure that "even if you live in the middle of the river Oti, you can be traced,” the vice President said, yesterday, when he addressed staff and students of the Cape Coast University at an Institutional Advancement Lecture.

“We said well if you are going to build the capacity of this country, we first have to know who is in the country and so we have begun the process of issuing national ID cards to everybody. That is very critical to managing a country and knowing who everybody is in the country,” he said.

Speaking on the theme ‘Building stronger economies for African countries; the missing link,’ the Vice-President said after analysing the factors behind the successes of developed countries, it had been realised that knowledge, skills and technology were vital.

The introduction of the Digital Address System is set to reduce the risk profile of people and improve their access to financial services.

The policy, in addition to two others: financial inclusion and the National Identification System, is expected to give the country the necessary backbone for formalising the economy.

Dr Bawumia mentioned that there were substantial benefits for the introduction of the policy in its management and in all aspects of decision-making and planning.

“They help in better targeting in the delivery of public services whether it is in education, health and other social services in line with the three fundamental SDGs,” he said.

According to the Vice President, in order to build knowledge based economy and a Ghana without aid, the citizenry had to be productive.

He called on the citizenry to enquire on measures in their attempt to building stronger economies, stressing “that strong economies are built on the back of strong, and steadily expanding productive capacity of nations on the back of sound economic governance.”

He added that "better schooling, good health, managed fertility, work ethics and discipline of labour force, higher rates of savings and investment, productivity and technological advances are critical in building a strong economy to the benefit of citizens.”

He recalled that, "Africa’s economic growth performance historically has been driven by resource exploitation and exports of unprocessed raw materials.

He stated that strong economies are built on the back of strong and steadily expanding productive capacity and on sound economic governance.

In order to build productive capacity, the Vice President said that the depth and quality of human capabilities had to be developed, with the aid of technological processes in all sectors, whilst inculcating the rule of Law.

He cited Singapore as a country without natural resources and farmland but is dependent on human capital development and productivity.

The Vice President again noted that Singapore had grown from its traditional role as a regional seaport to an international manufacturing and knowledge service centre.

 "Singapore moved from labour intensive economy in the 1960s to skills-intensive in the 1970s, technology-intensive in 1980s, innovation-intensive in the 1990s to knowledge-intensive at the turn of the millennium," he said.