Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to Re-register all SIM Cards from July-December – Ursula

Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) says all SIM cards and SIM enabled devices would be re-registered from next month and end in December.  All unregistered sims will be blocked.

“We must clamp down on cyber criminals hiding behind the anonymity of digital systems to commit antisocial acts and this exercise is a key part of that campaign” she added.

The Minister said this when she delivered the Keynote address at the CEOs summit at Kempiski in Accra. It was themed “Digital Transformation: Business and Government reset for a post-pandemic Economic Resilience.- A Public Sector Dialogue“.

According to the Minister, plans were far advanced to make the National Identification card (Ghana Card) the only national identity card for all identification and business purposes.

“As of 1st April 2021, all national identification numbers are to be used as Tax Identification Numbers. In the second quarter of this year, the same number will be used as SSNIT numbers. The same number will soon also be used as NHIS numbers and will be linked to all bank accounts, sim cards, passports, and other relevant databases. The Ghana card is therefore gradually integrating all the key variables of doing business in Ghana” Minister revealed. 

According to the Minister, plans are far advanced to improve access to connectivity across the country with rural telephony and digital inclusion projects which will see the construction of 2016 solar powered cell sites in unserved and underserved rural communities.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful noted that robotics, connected IOT devices, machine learning, AI, telemedicine, e-learning or blended learning, autonomous devices etc all present challenges and opportunities which is being worked on with the Ministry of Education and GES.

Minister indicated that AfCFTA, the world’s largest trade area by number of countries, which has a goal of establishing a single market for goods and services across 54 countries on the African continent which covers a market of 1.2 billion people and a combined GDP of $3 trillion, will be powered by technology.

“Without digital platforms, applications and services ensuring harmonization of standards, regulatory frameworks, e-commerce, seamless payments, and settlements amongst others, it will remain a pipe dream.  Digitization is the only way to ensure free trade across the continent and create an enabling system for trade financing using electronic means. In order not for businesses in Africa to miss out on the golden opportunities presented by the AfCFTA, they will have to employ new technologies in their operations” she noted.