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OPINION: Dr Bawumia’s digital address system – a game-changer  

Ghana’s new digital address system will facilitate the growth of e-commerce by enabling businesses to reach customers more effectively and efficiently

The introduction of a digital address system in Ghana marks a pivotal step toward enhancing the nation’s socio-economic development. In many advanced economies, precise and reliable address systems have long been a cornerstone of effective governance, economic efficiency and social inclusion.

For Ghana, the implementation of such a system offers a multitude of benefits that could drive significant progress across various sectors.

A digital address system is essential for modernising public services and governance. In countries with well-established address systems, government agencies can efficiently deliver services, plan urban development and respond efficiently to emergencies.

Ghana’s new digital address system promises similar improvements. By providing precise location data, it enhances the accuracy and efficiency of emergency services, such as police, fire and medical response teams. This precision can save lives and improve public safety, creating a more secure environment for citizens.

Economic activities stand to gain considerably from a digital address system. In advanced economies, reliable addressing underpins the e-commerce, logistics and transportation sectors. Businesses can deliver goods and services swiftly and accurately, reducing costs and improving customer satisfaction.

For Ghana, this system will facilitate the growth of e-commerce by enabling businesses to reach customers more effectively and efficiently. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which are vital to the Ghanaian economy, will benefit from reduced delivery times and operational costs, enhancing their competitiveness both locally and internationally.

Financial inclusion is another critical area where a digital address system can make a substantial impact. In developed countries, banks and financial institutions rely on accurate address information to verify identities, assess creditworthiness and mitigate fraud.

For Ghana, the digital address system will make it easier for individuals to open bank accounts, access credit and participate in the formal economy. This increased access to financial services is crucial for empowering underserved populations and fostering inclusive economic growth.

Health-care delivery can be revolutionised with an effective address system. In many advanced economies, health services are significantly improved by accurate address data, enabling efficient patient registration, appointment scheduling and home health-care services.

Ghana’s digital address system will similarly enhance health-care delivery, making it easier for health workers to locate patients, especially in rural areas, and improving the overall efficiency of health services. This can lead to better health outcomes and a healthier population, which is fundamental for sustained socio-economic development.

Education and social services also benefit immensely from precise addressing. In developed nations, schools, libraries and social service agencies use accurate addresses to plan service delivery and outreach programmes. For Ghana, the digital address system can facilitate better planning and distribution of educational resources, ensuring that schools and libraries are optimally located to serve communities.

Social services can more effectively target and reach vulnerable populations, enhancing social equity and community support. Moreover, accurate addressing plays a crucial role in national security and public administration. In advanced economies, law-enforcement agencies rely on precise address data for crime prevention, investigation and community policing.

Ghana’s digital address system will strengthen law-enforcement capabilities, enabling more efficient crime reporting and response, and enhancing overall public safety. Additionally, it will support electoral processes by ensuring that voter registrations and polling station allocations are accurate, thereby promoting democratic governance.

In conclusion, the implementation of a digital address system in Ghana is a transformative initiative with far-reaching implications for the nation’s socio-economic development. If one draws parallels with advanced economies where such systems have been instrumental in driving efficiency and inclusivity, it becomes evident that Ghana stands to gain immensely.

From improving public services, boosting economic activities and enhancing financial inclusion to revolutionising health care, supporting education and strengthening national security, the benefits are substantial and multifaceted.

As Ghana continues to embrace digital transformation, the digital address system will undoubtedly play a critical role in shaping a more prosperous and inclusive future for all its citizens. Your vote matters!! Vote responsibly!!!

John Bart Addo

The writer is the secretary of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of the New Patriotic Party in the United States (NPP-USA)

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