Government should encourage payment of public services by mobile money and other cashless methods to reduce corruption and boost government revenue, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications CEO Kwaku Sakyi-Addo has said.

Kwaku Sakyi-Addo
Kwaku Sakyi-Addo
Mr Sakyi-Addo was speaking at a seminar organised by Wisconsin International University College’s School of Communication Studies on the theme ‘From Homo Sapien to Phono Sapien: How A Chip Changed the World’.

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications CEO said: “Mobile money transactions are traceable and therefore provide greater accountability and transparency than cash transactions.”

Citing an example of the recently launched online passport application platform, Mr Sakyi-Addo added that making payment of services and taxes simpler and more convenient would help cut out unscrupulous middlemen. It would also reduce defaulters and increase government revenue.

The Telecomms Chamber boss further urged government to incentivise consolidation of telecommunications organisations, adding that too many players did not necessarily guarantee effective competition, lower prices or better quality of service.

Mr Sakyi-Addo also called for more support by government for tech start-ups and young developers, citing examples of how tech solutions were currently being used to create efficiencies in agriculture, health provision, transportation and law and security.

He further added that greater regional regulatory harmonization would help to propel the telecommunications industry forward.

Pointing to a future world run on computer chips, from programmed garments to driverless cars, Mr Sakyi-Addo said: “Never in the history of mankind has something so small, done so much for so many.”