The National Communications Director of opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC) Lawyer Sammy Gyamfi says the universal quick response code (QR Code) payment was not first introduced in Ghana by the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia officially launched the Universal Quick Response Code (QR Code) system specially developed for Ghana on Thursday, November 19, 2020, and demonstrated its use to the public.
He went ahead to use the QR codes to buy waakye at the popular food joint Auntie Muni’s in demonstrating the use.
The Universal Quick Response Code system is part of efforts by the government to move the country’s economy to a cashless one.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Bawumia stated, “Today is a historic day because we are solving a major problem here in Ghana. It is also historic because Ghana will be the first country in Africa to launch a Quick Response (QR) code payment system.”
“Not only are we the first country in Africa, but we are also, as far as I am aware, the third country in the world to launch a Quick Response Code after Singapore and India.”
The National Democratic Congress(NDC) has come out with evidence to debunk NPP’s claim.
With articles dating back to 2017, the NDC rather applauded banking firms in Ghana as the first to launch QR Codes in the country.
“This QR Code payment system that we are talking about was introduced by Ecobank and implemented in 2016/2017 so it not a new thing,” Sammy Gyamfi said on Metro TV’s ‘Good Morning Ghana’ on Friday.
Among the evidence provided by Sammy Gyamfi is a story 2017 by BusinessGhana which revealed that, “Ecobank Ghana launched a Masterpass QR, a smart merchant solution that accepts payments for goods and services from the mobile phone, providing micro, small and medium enterprises the opportunity to move from cash to digital payments.”