During the hours of Wednesday, 16th June 2021, I attended Zeepay International Day of Family Remittance as the Chairman for the occasion. I spoke about Western Region is a critical corridor for migrants over the years and still remained a key partner for receiving and returning in partnership with agencies such as International Organisation for Migration. I acknowledged the intervention of the government agenda on the digitalization of payments in Ghana.
Last year, Ghana received about USD 3.5 billion in remittances, representing over 23 million transactions of which about 3.5 million represented digital transactions directly to mobile wallets alone. Read Also W/R Minister for Railways Development, Hon. John-Peter Amewu, paid a courtesy call on Regional Minister Hon. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah
I highlighted successes chalked through the passing of the Payment Systems and Services Act 2019 by His Excellency President Akufo-Addo and the NPP-led administration. Out of this act has emerged other directives such as the Remittance Guidelines and Crowdfunding which are all designed to make the life of the Diasporan and their families easy and simple.
I revealed how we’ve taken bold steps to support all initiatives of government by carving out part of the Western Corridor into Fintech Enclave with the objective of encouraging young returning migrants to articulate their own future by leveraging the technology wave going on with the fourth industrial revolution. Digitalisation is high on our agenda. Our youth digitalisation programme termed ICODE has optimized business and entrepreneurial potentials of the youth in the Western Region. read Also W/R Minister Hon. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah handover completed dormitory to St.Mary’s boys SHS Apowa
Hon. Kobby Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister and MP, Takoradi Constituency.