As part of GCB Bank’s commitment to driving financial inclusion in its strategic objectives, the bank will officially launch ‘G-Money’ – an industry-first mobile wallet service – on 30th January 2020. This comes after the bank’s receipt of approval from the Bank of Ghana (BoG) on 25th November2019 to create electronic value backed by equivalent cash to serve customers.
Apart from affording customers the freedom to perform transactions regardless of their mobile network operator, G-Money will also create an enabling environment for the ongoing digitisation processes in Ghana’s economy.
Speaking ahead of the official launch, Ray Sowah – MD of GCB Bank, explained the mobile wallet service’s relevance to national development, saying: “Under goal 9 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 9) that focuses on industry, innovation and infrastructure, the bank seeks to bridge the digital divide, which is crucial to ensuring equal access to information and financial services.
“Leveraging GCB’s rich experience in banking acquired over many years, we will offer financial services tailored to suit the specific needs of our diverse customers,” he emphasised.
G-Money, which is the first of its kind to be operated by any bank in Ghana, will allow individuals and businesses to use their mobile phones or Personal Digital Assistants (PDA) to store money in the form of electronic money or value for transactions.
The Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD)-run service will allow both bank and non-bank customers to send and receive money both locally and internationally. Customers will also be able to save and borrow money using their G-Money accounts. The account can also be linked to any GCB Bank account for ease of transactions.
The introduction of G-Money is part of GCB Bank’s mandate to increase the number of digital services available to its loyal customers. The service is also expected to further propel Ghana’s interoperability system initiated by government.
Other services that G-Money offers include the payment of telecommunication network services and paying utility bills. The service can be accessed by registering at any GCB Bank branch or at selected GCB agent points. All subscribers, agents and merchants of existing mobile money services can still register to use the G-Money service.