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Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS) has launched a special Mothers' Day promotion in collaboration with Melcom, China Mall, Stadium Gate and all partner financial institutions, offering exciting rewards for customers who shop and pay with a gh-link card at selected outlets across the country.

Running from May 10th to 12th, 2024, the three-day promotion aims to encourage the use of gh-link cards for payments at various outlets in Ghana, while also celebrating mothers on their special day.

Participating outlets include Melcom stores in Kaneshie, Spintex, East Legon Boundary Road (Accra), Adum in Kumasi (Ashanti Region), Takoradi (Western Region), Wa (Upper West Region), Tamale (Northern Region), Sunyani (Bono Region), and Ho (Volta Region). Additionally, shoppers at the new China Mall at Spintex (Accra) and Stadium Gate (Ho) will also have the opportunity to join in the Mothers' Day promotion.

The Head of Cards and Verified Payments Unit at GhIPSS, Mrs. Akosua Blay, encouraged the public to obtain gh-link cards from their respective banks if they do not already possess one. Highlighting the benefits, she emphasized that acquiring the card is instant and transactions made with it incur lower costs compared to other cards.

gh-link cards, also known as domestic cards, are issued by various banks in Ghana and are distinguishable by the gh-link logo. Unlike international scheme cards, domestic cards offer cheaper transaction charges and quicker resolution of disputes. Transactions with gh-link cards are confined within the country, making them more cost-effective for users.

Currently, gh-link cards are accepted at all Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) nationwide and numerous Point of Sale (POS) devices, providing convenient and accessible payment options for customers across Ghana

Archie Hesse, CEO of Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), has received the prestigious Best Leadership in Payment Regulatory Anglophone award at the Arab-Afro Digital Payments Symposium, Exhibition & Awards in Morocco. The award recognises his exceptional leadership in navigating regulatory complexities, ensuring compliance, and fostering progress in the payment systems landscape.

This recent honour adds to Mr. Hesse's extensive collection of awards, underscoring his transformative leadership at GhIPSS, which has garnered global recognition. Under his guidance, GhIPSS has undergone a remarkable evolution, collaborating with banks and non-bank financial institutions to introduce a variety of electronic payment channels to the public. Notable innovations include Mobile Money Interoperability, GhQR, GhanaPay, and Direct Credit Near Real Time, among others.

Expressing gratitude for the recognition, Mr. Hesse emphasized his commitment to advancing the cause of payments not only in Ghana but also on a global scale. He credited the dedicated staff of GhIPSS and the supportive Board for their confidence and cooperation in delivering a modern payment system for Ghana. Mr. Hesse pledged to continue working with stakeholders to ensure widespread adoption of electronic payment channels, thereby fulfilling the mandate of transitioning Ghana into an electronic payment society.

The Arab-Afro Digital Payment summit aimed to stimulate economic advancement and innovation, particularly addressing issues of the digital divide and limited service access in remote regions, with a focus on the payments domain. Organised by BII World, the two-day event brought together strategic leaders from the Middle East and Africa's banking and financial services sector, to share insights and experiences on digital journey excellence, operational excellence in payments, financial services, and succeeding in payment innovations within the realms of PayTech and FinTech.

Users of the GhanaPay mobile money service can now enjoy the benefits of a savings wallet, which offers attractive monthly interest rates. This development follows the successful implementation of the GhanaPay savings wallet, as disclosed by the officials of the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS).

Dubbed "MyGhanaPay Savings," this value-added feature on GhanaPay mobile money allows customers to transfer funds from their main wallet into a dedicated savings account within the GhanaPay mobile money platform. The primary aim of MyGhanaPay Savings is to empower users to save for emergencies and other future financial needs. The savings wallet is designed to prevent direct spending, requiring users to transfer funds back to their main GhanaPay account to access them, thereby reducing the temptation to deplete savings.

Customers can transfer funds to their savings wallet using either the GhanaPay mobile app or USSD service. The savings wallet offers monthly interest rates of up to 2.5% or more, depending on the user’s bank. This interest is separate from the quarterly interest paid to the main wallet, making it a superior option compared to other mobile money services in Ghana.

Samuel Darko, Head of the GhanaPay Mobile Money Unit at GhIPSS, stated in an interview that all GhanaPay mobile money bank partners offer the savings wallet functionality, ensuring that customers can benefit regardless of their bank affiliation. He explained that “while the main wallet earns only 1.5% interest quarterly, the savings wallet accrues interest monthly at rates of up to 2.5% or more, depending on the bank”.

Mr. Darko emphasized that introducing the savings wallet is aimed at simplifying the saving process for customers by segregating funds into a dedicated account, making it effective for them to achieve their financial goals.

GhanaPay mobile money service, offered by universal banks, rural banks, and savings and loans companies, combines mobile money features with banking services. Accessible via USSD (707) or the GhanaPay App, available on the Google Play Store and iOS App Store, the service brings banking convenience to mobile devices. The addition of the savings wallet enhances GhanaPay's contribution to deepening financial inclusion and boosting domestic savings in Ghana.

The Head of Finance at the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS), Mr. Bright Kyei Adomakoh, was honoured with the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to Public Finance" award at the 2024 InstinctBusiness CFO Summit and Awards.

The award recognises Mr. Adomakoh's exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the realm of public finance. Serving as the Head of Finance at GhIPSS, Mr. Adomakoh has played a pivotal role in guiding the organisation towards enhanced efficiency and effectiveness in its financial management processes.

Mr. Adomakoh's recognition adds to the numerous awards that GhIPSS and its executives have garnered over the years for their impactful contributions to advancing the payment systems industry.

Expressing his gratitude for the honour, Mr. Adomakoh reaffirmed his commitment to driving positive change in public finance. "I am deeply appreciative to the Organisers for bestowing upon me this esteemed title, which underscores the collective dedication and hard work of the entire GhIPSS team."

Mr. Archie Hesse, Chief Executive of GhIPSS, lauded Mr. Adomakoh's achievements and the significant influence he has had in advancing public finance.
The award ceremony, held over the weekend in Lagos, Nigeria, showcased outstanding financial leaders and innovators from various sectors. The event aimed to celebrate excellence, exchange best practices, and explore innovative trends shaping the financial sector.

Centered around the theme "Innovation and Technology in Finance," the summit brought together top CFOs, finance heads, executives, analysts, and experts to engage in discussions that influence future policy decisions in finance within a conducive and relaxed environment.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) Archie Hesse has once again been recognised with a prestigious award, this time as the Outstanding Digital Payment Technology CEO of the year. The Ghana Entrepreneurs Foundation bestowed this honour upon him, celebrating his exceptional leadership in guiding GhIPSS over nearly 12 years.

Under his stewardship, Mr. Hesse has spearheaded the remarkable evolution of GhIPSS, collaborating closely with both banks and non-bank financial institutions to introduce a range of electronic payment channels to the public. Among these innovations are Mobile Money Interoperability, GhQR, GhanaPay, and Direct Credit Near Real Time, among others.

Earlier this month, Mr. Hesse was also honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Ghana Fintech Awards 2023 for his outstanding contributions to digitalising payments and fostering financial inclusion. These recent accolades join a string of national and international awards he has received in recent years.
The Ghana Entrepreneurs & Corporate Executive Award, now in its 14th edition, aims to recognise and inspire the most successful and respected entrepreneurs and corporate executives in Ghana.

In response to the latest honour, Mr. Hesse remarked on Ghana's significant progress in reducing its unbanked population from around 70 percent to less than 30 percent in under two decades. He credited this achievement to the substantial modernisation efforts within the country's payment sector, highlighting the collaborative efforts of various institutions working with GhIPSS.

He also praised the leadership of the Bank of Ghana and its Governors for their trust in GhIPSS, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Central Bank, and for granting them the autonomy to innovate and excel.

However, Mr. Hesse emphasised that there is still more work to be done. He called upon all stakeholders to continue working closely with GhIPSS and other players in the payment ecosystem to solidify the gains made thus far.

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