As part of the government led by Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Bawumia’s efforts to digitize the economy of the nation, the Ghana Card rollout started in 2017.
The president said that the Ghana Card will make life easier after receiving a copy of his national identification card.
For all transactions requiring the identification of an individual, the card is to act as a special identifier.
It is a requirement of L.I. 2111 (2012), Act 750, that all Non-Citizens register.
The National Identification Authority (NIA) reported that 16.7 million cards had been issued since the roll-out program started, with roughly 800,000 still needing to be collected.
The Ghana Card has been difficult to obtain, and many people have complained that they enrolled but were unable to access their cards.
The fact that the Ghana Card is utilized for so many purposes and that some Ghanaians may suffer if they do not obtain their cards in a timely manner has made this situation even more concerning.
All the procedures and transactions that require a Ghana Card are compiled by GhanaWeb.
All business dealings using money
The Bank of Ghana has said that the Ghana Card is necessary for all transactions at all financial institutions that are licensed by and subject to the regulation of the Bank of Ghana.
One will not be able to perform any transactions at all without the Ghana Card at:
– specialized deposit-taking institutions
– non-deposit-taking financial institutions
– payment service providers and dedicated electronic money issuers
– forex bureaus and credit reference bureaus
In June 2022, Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia declared that students could now apply for loans without guarantors. He claims that without the requirement for a guarantor, the Ghana Card contains all the information on students required to make a decision regarding their loan.
National Health Insurance Scheme:
All residents of Ghana must link their NHIS and Ghana cards right now since the National Health Insurance Scheme warned that soon just the Ghana Card might be accepted for healthcare services. According to them, this will provide a practical way for all Ghana Card holders to gain access to healthcare.
SNNIT, TIN registration:
Additionally, in order to register for a Tax Identification Number (TIN) and the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), a Ghana Card is now necessary. This is crucial to enhancing how the Trust does business.
SIM Card registration:
The Ghana Card is required to register SIM cards. Without this, one cannot register their SIM cards.
According to the Electoral Commission, the Ghana Card will soon replace all other forms of identification when people register to vote and compile voter lists for the upcoming general elections in 2024.
Driver’s License Acquisition:
To create a license for the applicant, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) needs the Ghana Card PIN. A holder’s driver’s license and vehicle registration records include the PIN.
The Ghana Card is the most important document one needs to be able to register a business in the country. The Ghana Card among other things confirms the business owner’s identity and citizenship.
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