Google Maps to include 7.5 million Ghanaian addresses by 2021 – Dr Bawumia Discloses
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has declared that government is negotiating with tech-giants, Google to upload some 7.5 million Ghanaian addresses unto their system for easy identification of properties in Ghana.
He said this Thursday, during his national address on the future of Ghana’s economy, where he emphasized that the Land Use and Spatial Planning Authority (LUSPA), in partnership with the Municipal and District Assemblies, has also provided street names and house numbers for every unnamed street in Ghana.
According to him, the entire process, which is part of government’s implementation of a tech address system, will be completed in 2021.
“We have implemented a digital address system capturing every square inch of land or water in Ghana. In the process, we have identified and provided unique addresses.Government will affix the address plates for every property in Ghana in the next few months and we expect the process to be completed by the middle of 2021. We have also had discussions with Google and expect all our 7.5 million addresses to be uploaded into Google maps early in 2021,” he stressed.
This comes as part of efforts to digitise the Ghanaian economy, as well as the processes of delivery of several Government services.
In view of this, the Vice President noted that, this initiative, amongst others, will also help to formalise the economy, improve government revenue, eliminate corruption and ultimately provide public services to citizens more efficiently and more conveniently.
Dr. Bawumia stated that government had issued National ID cards to all Ghanaians and residents in Ghana, implemented a functional address system for the whole of Ghana, and provided financial services for the unbanked.
As part of the NPP-led government’s achievements, the Vice President listed the implementation of mobile money interoperability, moving the economy away from a cash-based to a cash-lite economy by implementing advanced electronic payment systems and digitising the provision of government services to prevent human intervention as much as possible.
“I am very happy to note that tremendous progress has been made on all these fronts and Ghana is clearly on its way to become one of the most digitised economies in Africa,”.