President Nana Akufo Addo has launched the Ghana Post GPS, a National Digital Property Address System, which is expected to make it easier to find locations in the country and boost service delivery.
Addressing the gathering at the Accra International Conference Centre, Wednesday, October, 18, the President stated that the initiative will serve as a solution to the location problems in the country and benefit businesses as well as fight crime immensely.
“The system will be a major turnaround for a country that was last mapped in 1974 and lacks an efficient addressing system which has become a serious impediment to development and planning. We expect that the initiative will help formalize the economy and transform the way businesses are conducted in the country”
“Today marks the end of an era where informal landmarks had become reference points for giving out locations.The digital property address system is a solution to our location and addressing problems and this will ultimately improve business”, he stated.
The system is expected to among other things aid government policies, planning and offer accurate data for service delivery.
The system will also provide an effective means of addressing every location and place in the country, using an information technology application.
Following the lack of an efficient addressing system, Ghanaians have become accustomed to relying on directions from people as well as landmarks such as kiosks, mobile money vendors among others.
Vokacom, a Ghanaian information technology firm, designed the system and it is partnering the Ghana Post Company Limited to roll it out, with the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), expected to host the data.
The Ghana Post GPS app will generate a unique code for every property or location in Ghana, using the Global Positioning System (GPS) technology.
A national address registry will be embedded into the system to enable individuals to validate their home and business addresses for easy direction and identification purposes.
President Akufo- Addo further urged “all stakeholders including ministries, security agencies, health authorities, educational and financial institutions, private sector operators to liaise with the Ministry of Communication and Ghana Post who are the custodians and administrators of the system to leverage the new technology to enhance its operation”.
Vice-President Bawumia in February this year announced the government’s determination to have a digital property addressing system, as well as a national identification system by the end of the year.
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