Stakeholders in Ghana’s financial sector need a major shift in mind set in order to reach the huge percentage of Ghanaians who remain unbanked, the Vice President of the Republic, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has remarked.
The shift in mind set must also embrace the positives inherent in the use of the technology in order to leapfrog the technology gap and accelerate Government’s economic transformation agenda.
Speaking at the launch of the 10th anniversary celebration of Bond Savings and Loans PLC in Accra on Wednesday 27th June, 2018, Vice President Bawumia stated: “We really need a paradigm shift in Ghana in the area of financial inclusion because what is clear is that we have many financial institutions but we still have a very large segment of our population unbanked.”
“When you look at the history of financial sector development in the more advanced countries it is very very clear that financial inclusion was very critical in many countries for being able to mobilise savings and therefore lower interest rates. If you go back, whether you are looking at the 18th century’s Friendly Society Acts in Europe or others, this was a key matter and for us as a country we have largely seen a lot of financial institutions but the depth in terms of coverage is not there.
“This is why we really need this paradigm shift and the paradigm shift is going to come in terms of mind set but also to use technology that allows us to reach the unbanked in the population.”
Vice President Bawumia lauded the role played by Financial Technology (Fintech) companies in the Akufo-Addo government’s digitisation agenda, indicating that it represented a significant paradigm shift in the philosophy guiding national development, which has resulted in the implementation of a number of innovations including a paperless port system, a Digital Property Address System, a national identification programme and the recently launched mobile money interoperability system, as well as the upcoming digitisation of land records.
While commending the board, staff and management of Bond Savings and Loans for the achievements chalked over the last 10years of existence, Vice President Bawumia challenged them to continue with their mission to expand the reach of financial services through technology to help include the financially excluded as well as bring a larger part of the population into the formal sector.