Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS) and its Chief Executive Archie Hesse picked up awards at this year’s Ghana Information Technology and Telecoms Awards (GITTA), held in Accra.
Mr. Hesse was named among the Top-20 Tech Leaders in Africa, while GhIPSS was awarded for excellence in promoting financial inclusion.
GITTA, which is in its 12th year, was created as a strategic platform to recognise, reward, and showcase the pioneering ICT initiatives driving the Ghanaian private and public sector innovation. The award has a vision of setting a benchmark to the sub-regions’ wave of development in ICT.
The awards recognise digitisation across all sectors, including the Public Sector, Banking, Fintech, Telecoms, ICT, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health, among others.
GhIPSS and its Boss are regular recipients of GITTA awards due to their continuous contribution to the payment industry in Ghana.
GhIPSS was set up some 15 years ago to modernise Ghana’s payment system and to migrate the country into an electronic payment society. Mr. Hesse, who is the second Chief Executive of the company, has played and continuous to play a lead role in its success since inception.
The wholly-owned subsidiary of the Bank of Ghana, earlier this year, together with banks and other financial sector players, launched GhanaPay – which is a bank-wide mobile money service with enhanced features.
Commenting on the awards, Mr. Hesse said he feels motivated to continue to work hard to deepen financial inclusion and also to reduce the cash dominance in the economy.
He dedicated the award to the staff, and said GhIPSS will continue to work with its partners to firmly place Ghana in the league of countries with modernised payment systems.