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The Chief Executive Officer of GhIPSS, Mr. Archie Hesse has been awarded the Payment Industry Personality of the Year at the 2019 Edition of the Ghana Information Technology & Telecoms (GITTA) Awards.


He was honoured for his contributions to the development of Ghana's payment systems; as well as for spearheading the development of the Mobile Money Interoperability platform after GhIPSS was commissioned by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to develop the MMI platform.


The Mobile Money Interoperability (MMI) platform has recorded more than 4.4 million transactions since it introduction in May, 2018. Beginning with just 96,907 transactions in May, 2018, public usage of the cross-network platform has grown phenomenally from 422,275 transactions in December last year to 502,873 transactions in May this year.


Archie Hesse, joined GhIPSS in 2007 as a General Manager in charge of Projects & Business Development.  Whilst in that role, he spearheaded the implementation of a National Biometric Smart Card Banking and Payment System – e-zwich, the Cheque Codeline Clearing (CCC) System, the Ghana Automated Clearing House (GACH) Systems for direct debit and direct credit, and the National Switching and Processing System – gh-link until his appointment as CEO in July 2012.   

 Under his leadership, GhIPSS introduced many reforms that have helped Ghana achieve “Universal Interoperability” with the completion of the mobile money interoperability Phase 1 & 2.This achievement contributes to increasing electronic transactions in the Ghanaian economy, increasing efficiency in payments, and improving financial inclusion by bridging the gap between the banked and the unbanked.

About GITTA Awards
Now in its 9th year, the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. GITTA has become one of the industry’s most prized honors. It is an accolade given to individuals and teams. It is a vindication of the hard work, innovation and dedication of those at the forefront of this dynamic global profession.

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems ( GhIPSS) Limited has been recognised for implementing the Mobile Money Interoperability (MMI) Platform at the 9th Edition of the Ghana Information Technology & Telecoms (GITTA) Awards.


This award was a special recognition of the role GhIPSS played in the development and implementation of Ghana's Mobile Money Interoperability platform. The two-phased interoperability architecture, is the first of it kind on the African continent. Making Ghana one of the few Countries to achieve this Universal Interoperability.

The Mobile Money Interoperability (MMI) platform has recorded more than 4.4 million transactions since it introduction in May, 2018. Beginning with just 96,907 transactions in its first month, public usage of the cross-network platform has grown phenomenally from 422,275 transactions in December last year to 502,873 transactions in May this year.

Ghana achieved a 'Universal Interoperability' with the completion of the MMI project. Three independent payment platforms (gh-link, Mobile Money, e-zwich) were interconnected; creating the rails for seamlessly transactions across wallets, e-zwich cards and bank accounts. In 2017, His Excellency the Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia commissioned the Mobile Money Interoperability Project. This followed the year on year increase in mobile money transaction volumes and the increasing number of subscribers.  

GhIPSS was tasked to lead the project. Together with the three mobile Money Operators: MTN, Vodafone & Airtel/Tigo, and financial institutions, Ghana’s Mobile Money Interoperability platform was successfully launched.About GITTA Awards.

About GITTA Awards
Now in its 9th year, the Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards is the most prestigious awards program in the industry. GITTA has become one of the industry’s most prized honors. It is an accolade given to individuals and teams. It is a vindication of the hard work, innovation and dedication of those at the forefront of this dynamic global profession.

 

The Mobile Money Interoperability (MMI) platform recorded more than 4.4 million transactions in its first year of operation.

Beginning with just 96,907 transactions in its first month, public usage of the cross-network platform grew phenomenally to 422,275 transactions in December last year and 502,873 transactions in May this year.

MMI or seamless cross mobile money network transactions became possible in May last year, following a challenge thrown to the Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS), the telcos and financial institutions by Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.

The Chief Executive Officer of GhIPSS, Archie Hesse in an interview described the MMI initiative as successful. He said it has provided a very efficient way of funds transfer for many people, opening up the mobile money payment platform and enabling people and businesses to use it in different ways.

Before MMI came into being, cross-network transactions through the ‘token’ system were hovering around 90,000 transactions per month. Individuals, therefore, could not directly transfer funds to another wallet of a different network. But that cumbersome process and the inconvenience ended a year ago.

Mr Hesse said the increased acceptance of mobile money by shop owners and service providers was largely because payments could now be made seamlessly across networks.He added that the linkage of the MMI platform to the e-zwich and bank accounts had further opened up the payment system and encouraged many more initiatives.

Mr Hesse expressed the hope that with the passage of the Payment Systems and Services bill into an Act, a lot of products and services will be developed, which would further boost the usage of the MMI platform.He said GhIPSS was equally working on some initiatives that would make the use of mobile money for payments easier and quicker.

 

 

The Chief Executive Office of GhIPSS, Mr. Archie Hesse has been awarded Man of the Year- Technology at the 2019 Exclusive Men of the Year (EMY) awards, 2019.

Mr. Hesse was honoured for his contributions to the development of Ghana's Electronic Payment landscape.
  

Archie Hesse, joined GhIPSS in 2007 as a General Manager in charge of Projects & Business Development.  Whilst in that role, he spearheaded the implementation of a National Biometric Smart Card Banking and Payment System – e-zwich, the Cheque Codeline Clearing (CCC) System, the Ghana Automated Clearing House (GACH) Systems for direct debit and direct credit, and the National Switching and Processing System – gh-link until his appointment as CEO in July 2012.     

Under his leadership, GhIPSS introduced many reforms that have helped Ghana achieve “Universal Interoperability” with the completion of the mobile money interoperability Phase 1 & 2.This achievement contributes to increasing electronic transactions in the Ghanaian economy, increasing efficiency in payments, and improving financial inclusion by bridging the gap between the banked and the unbanked.

The MAN OF THE  YEAR TECHNOLOGY AWARD recognizes a man – scientist, innovator or tech entrepreneur – who has successfully applied technology in the areas of human comfort and development, such as business, communication and health.

About EMY Awards


The EMY Africa Awards is a Father’s Day related event that celebrates distinguished gentlemen in diverse fields to inspire greatness in the younger generation. It also gives complementary awards to women who have made an impact in society. West Africa’s biggest award event has previous winners such as former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, Sir Sam Jonah (Chairman, Jonah Capital), Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom (Chairman, Groupe Nduom), Dr Kwabena Duffour (Chairman, HODA Group), Mr Tony Elumelu (Chairman, United Bank Africa), Abedi Pele (world renowned footballer), Azumah Nelson (world renowned boxer), Adebola Williams (Communications Expert from Nigeria) to name but a few distinguished personalities.

The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS) has confirmed that the challenges that customers of MTN are having with sending money from the network to others has to do with capacity issues which all stakeholders involved are working on to resolve.

 
This follows several complaints by customers of MTN over persistent challenges with the network for the past few months, which have prevented them from sending money to their friends, family and acquaintances on other networks.


However in an interview with Citi Business News, the Chief Executive of GhIPSS, Archie Hesse assured that his outfit is working to resolve the issue.

 

“I would like to concur with MTN’s Eli Hene that the current situation is not a sabotage on MTN’s part. Since inception the system has been running perfectly well, however we realized that in the last month there have been a number of failures in some of the transactions emanating mainly from MTN. We’ve since started working with MTN and the other telecommunication companies to try and find out what exactly the problem is. What we have found out is that there are some minor capacity challenges which we working on,” Mr. Hesse said.

 

The mobile money interoperability, which is in its first year of implementation, is to allow seamless transfer of cash from one network to another.

 

It is also in line with the government’s digitization agenda to promote a cashlite economy.

 

Mr. Hesse indicated that a more permanent solution will be implemented to avert any further issues on the mobile money interoperability platform for the next five years.

 

This he said should be rolled out latest by June this year.“In order to eliminate some of the capacity constraints, over the weekend the telecommunication companies all got separate web services to ensure they all have their independent services. The network team is also doing its job with the network capacity et cetera. By May thereabout we will be migrating to our Power Nine system which will give us enough capacity for the next 5 years.”

 

Responding to concerns by MTN customers on the Citi Breakfast Show on April 15, 2019, the General Manager for Mobile Money Services at MTN, Eli Hini said they are focused on making the interoperability platform more convenient for their customers.

 

“We have not done anything on our side to make customers life uncomfortable. And we’ll never do that. Because we believe that the service helps customers enjoy our platform better, and we’ll continue to work to make the platform very convenient for our customers.”

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