Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, the Western Regional Minister has described the Region as a critical corridor for migrants.
The Western Region also remained key partner for receiving and returning in partnership with agencies such as International Organisation for Migration and contributing significantly to remittances.
The Regional Minister, who was speaking during the Zeepay International Day of Family Remittance marked in Takoradi acknowledged the intervention of the government on digitalisation of payments in Ghana.
According to him, 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.
He highlighted successes chalked through the passing of Payment Systems and Services Act 2019 by President Akufo-Addo’ administration.
Mr Darko-Mensah said, out of the ACT emerged other directives such as the Remittance Guidelines and Crowd funding which were all designed to make the life of the Diasporan and their families easy and simple.
He said the government had taken bold steps to support all initiatives and the creation of the Western Corridor into “Fintech Enclave” with the objective of encouraging young returning migrants to articulate their own future by leveraging on the technology with the fourth industrial revolution.
The Regional Minister added that digitalisation was high on government’s agenda. “Our youth digitalisation programme termed ICODE has optimized business and entrepreneurial potentials of the youth in the Western Region.”