Mobile money interoperability accounts for 12 percent of GhIPSS products

Business News of Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Source: ghananewsagency.org

2018-10-24

Mr Archie Hesse, Chief Executive Officer of GhIPSS

Cross network mobile money transactions represents 12 percent of products and services offered by Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), just four months after its introduction.

This performance shows its growing patronage and the general uptake in electronic payments in the country.

GhIPSS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Bank of Ghana, mandated to migrate Ghana into an electronic payment society.

It has been introducing a number of electronic payment products and services since its establishment over a decade ago, in order to make those payment channels available to the public through financial institutions.

GhIPSS introduced the cross network mobile money transfers otherwise referred to as Mobile Money Interoperability (MMI) in May this year.

By the end of the second quarter, MMI accounted for only 3 percent of its products. But that has grown significantly to 12 percent by the end of the third quarter, according to the GhIPSS 2018 Quarter 3 report.

MMI has out staged ACH Direct Debit, gh-link transactions as well as GhIPSS Instant Pay (GIP), although all these other products continue to experience increase in the volume of transactions. Electronic clearing of cheques, e-zwich and ACH Direct Credit transactions, however, remain the products with the biggest share.

At the time of its launch, MMI was tipped to drive electronic payments in the country and it appears to be living up to its billing.

A number of financial institutions are riding on the MMI to create microfinance products while some Fintech companies are devising quicker ways of paying for goods using mobile money. These avenues and others are contributing to the growth in cross network mobile money transactions.

Mr Archie Hesse, Chief Executive Officer of GhIPSS, said in an interview that the growth in MMI transactions shows that there is appetite for electronic payments in the country.

He, therefore, urged businesses and Fintechs to take advantage in the interest in electronic payments and create more easy ways to use these payment channels.

GhIPSS is currently running a social media campaign to create more awareness about MMI, and GIP.

The campaign is part of efforts to encourage more people to patronise electronic payment options because of the enormous benefits.

The Business Development Department of GhIPSS also continues to engage banks as well as key stakeholders on these products. All of these initiatives are expected to result in increased transactions and improvement in the electronic payment culture.

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