Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA
Accra, June 28, GNA
– Vodafone Ghana on Friday organised its 2019 “Cashless Bazaar” grand sales
event in Accra to promote the cashless system of payment and government’s
vision of achieving a cashless and digitized economy.
The bazaar, which
had over 200 small and medium-sized enterprises and hundreds of customers in attendance,
was aimed at giving customers and businesses an assurance that they could trade
the cashless way at their convenience and safety.
products such as clothing, jewelleries, cosmetics, food, materials for internal
deco, baby skin and hair care products and services such as hairstyling and
Obeng-Agyei, the Director of Vodafone Cash, speaking to the Ghana News Agency,
said that Ghana is moving towards a cashless society, which had been a subject
of interest to the government and needed support from all stakeholders.
He said Vodafone
mobile financial services has enhanced the Vodafone Cash to make the vision
achievable, saying, the month of June has been set to encourage customers to do
a lot of cashless purchases to move the nation forward.
The purpose, he
said, was to convince the populace to understand the need to move into a
cashless society for them to accept the electronic payment as a legal tender.
“So if I buy
‘waakye’ with mobile money, the ‘waakye’ seller should be able to buy beans
with mobile money, the beans seller should be able to pay the farmer with
mobile money and the farmer should be able to pay his children’s school fees
with mobile money,” he said.
He said when the
loop was closed the money spent by government to print paper money and
distribute it coupled with insecurity problems would be reduced.
Mr Obeng-Agyei said:
“The vendors after sales could stand here and move their cash straight into
their bank account. No one here is guarding a wallet or pot of money.
Everybody’s transaction is happening on his or her phone and the phone is
secured with them. If they lose their sim cards, they can have them replaced
and still have the monies back on their phones”.
As part of the
promotion of a digitized and cashless system, he disclosed that, Vodafone has
partnered with DSTV to make payment systems easy for customers as well as a
food delivery services company called ‘Homechow’ to deliver foods to the
citizenry in the comfort of their homes whenever they placed an order.
The Director of
Vodafone Cash said businesses have accepted the cashless payment system with
Vodafone Ghana as it was more convenient, easy and time saving for them.
Among the businesses
that exhibited their products at the bazaar were Spectacular Opticals, Casa
Nasari Clothing, Blush Cosmetics, Walking Pretty Heads and Accessories, Kingo
fabrics, A-G Couture clothing and jewellery, Carine shop underwear,
MadebyNanayaa Hair wig collections, Gee AAY Beads Collectibles, Regal
Impressions wallpapers, and Sights and Shades spectacles.
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