Ghana: towards a governmental revolution with blockchain

Ghana: towards a governmental revolution with blockchain
Ghana: towards a governmental revolution with blockchain

Blockchain adoption continues to advance rapidly around the world. Many governments are beginning to explore these technologies that could improve the transparency and efficiency of government processes.

Ghana is preparing to become the first blockchain-powered government in Africa. Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia (photo) shared this vision during the 14e regional conference and the annual general meeting of heads of anti-corruption agencies in Commonwealth Africa, which was held in Accra from Monday 6 to Saturday 11 May.

We will adopt blockchain technology to enable public authorities to ensure that all data and transactions in the public space are transparent and tamper-proof, no one can change them, and ours could therefore become the first government based on blockchain in Africa “, said Mahamudu Bawumia.

The initiative is part of the Digitalization Strategy being implemented since 2017 in Ghana. This strategy has enabled the government to collect GH₵201 billion ($14.2 billion) since 2023 through the digitalization of public services via the Ghana.gov platform. Additionally, the new digital ID card allowed the government to detect 404,707 fictitious names on National Service System payrolls and 29,000 phantom retirees.

By adopting blockchain, Ghana aims to make government data foolproof. According to Mahamudu Bawumia, this technology will be a bulwark against corruption by monitoring every change made to digital data.

It should be noted that blockchain is an advanced database mechanism that allows for transparent sharing of information across a network. It can be used to record contracts, financial transactions, digital assets, votes, and more in a decentralized and secure manner.

Samira Njoya

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