Bawumia buys Auntie Muni waakye using Universal QR code

Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Thursday bought a pack of waakye from Auntie Muni, a popular food joint at Ridge in Accra using the Universal QR code to demonstrate use.

Ghana became the first in Africa and third in the world after launching the Universal QR code in March 2020.

The online payment platform designed to enable customers make payment for their purchases by using their mobile phones to scan the QR code displayed by marchants.

According to Dr Bawumia, the Universal QR code being used in Ghana is first of its kind in Africa and also one of the best interoperable payment acceptance solutions in the world.

He said customers can acquire their QR codes from the banks (accounts and e-zwich) or telecos (Mobile Money) and can be used on also on the “Yam Phones”.

“This will help us move further into the cashless direction of the digitisation drive because there will be no need for merchants to have point of sales devices, with the QR code platform, all they need is a mobile phone and even a “yam phone” will work,” he added.

The Veep was accompanied by Communications Minister Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekufful and personnel from the Ghana Commercial Bank to test the system.


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