Ghana’s Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has announced plans for Ghana to establish itself as the first blockchain-powered government in Africa as part of its next phase of digitization initiatives.

The move aims to leverage blockchain technology’s automation features to combat corruption effectively and promote transparency in governance.

Blockchain technology is viewed as a valuable tool for enhancing accountability, with Bawumia suggesting its adoption could save Ghana and the continent billions lost to corruption and mismanagement.

Accountability in governance is crucial amid economic challenges, with digitization efforts in Ghana since 2017 leading to increased efficiency and revenue generation through initiatives like the portal and GhanaCard integration.

By leveraging the GhanaCard, the government successfully identified and removed ‘ghost’ pensioners and beneficiaries from the public sector payroll, resulting in substantial annual savings. Bawumia emphasized the importance of Anti-Corruption Agencies across Africa investing in digital forensics and tools to track, trace, and disrupt the corruption value chain effectively.

Ghana’s pursuit of blockchain-powered governance reflects its commitment to leveraging technology to address systemic challenges and promote transparency and accountability in governance.

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