Mr. Speaker, I beg to support the amendment being put forward by the Select Committee on Communications. Mr. Speaker, I believe that we need to support this amendment for the simple reason that the world is becoming a global village and we cannot continue to be outside the kind of transaction that helps companies and countries to be able to compete effectively. '
Mr. Speaker, when you take the issue of electronic transactions in this country, not until even the Nigerian banks came into Ghana, Ghanaian banks were not effectively engaged in electronic transactions.
Today, even when somebody goes to your account and picks money, you are notified of how much is left in your account and that helps you manage the accounts you have been doing.
Mr. Speaker, I also do believe that if you go to other advanced countries like the United States of America (USA), you do not need to physically go to the Registrar- General's Department to check on companies that are doing business with you.
Today, they even have what we call the Better Business Bureaus where all information on companies are online and therefore, if you wanted to do due diligence, you just have to go to the Registrar-General's Website where the databases are being kept.
Hon Joe Ghartey has also made mention of the fact that, when they were doing the computerization of the Registrar General's Department, they were planning that over five years, manual systems will stop. But we all know what has happened. When it became internal, it became very difficult for the district and the regional Registrar-General Departments to function. This is because every time there was a system breakdown.
Today, we have GCNet which has been awarded this contract to manage these processes. I believe that since it is a public private partnership, these processes will be better handled than they were handled before.
As a country, we still do not have a permanent payment gateway. Mr. Speaker, I do believe that in trying to amend these laws and Bills, we should be able to ensure that Ghana has a permanent payment gateway so that more Ghanaians can transact and complete their transactions online.
Today, we have what is called the I- wallet being developed by a private company. A lot of the banks in Ghana still do not issue even credit cards and therefore, if you even have to get a credit card in Ghana today, you eventually have to either go to Ecobank or GT Bank.
The rest of the banks like Commercial, UBA and the rest do not have it. Therefore, if you have a bank like Ghana Commercial Bank that is widely spread across the country, where a lot of Ghanaians are banked, they do not even have this access to ensure that they can transact business online.
I believe that in amending this law, We should be making sure that the processes are well put in place such that Ghanaians can transact business and finalize those businesses online.
With these few words, I would like to add my support to the amendment.