Ghana is rolling out a digital address system to help formalize more of its economy

Ghana is rolling out a digital address system to help formalize more of its economy

Mail and delivery is not that straightforward in Ghana, which like many developing countries, lacks a formal addressing system. Instead of a number and street name, often landmarks, be it a junction, tree or colored gate, are used to describe a location. The Ghanaian government has launched a digital system which allows users to generate their digital address with the aid of geocoding technology, giving every property across the nation a unique code as its address. Speaking at the launch, president Nana Akufo-Addo said the digital address system, named GhanaPostGPS, will help formalize the economy by bringing more people into the tax system, improving property ownership data, and bringing efficiency to service delivery. Read more: https://qz.com/1117329/ghanas-ghanapostgps-joins-snoocode-what3words-in-digital-address-systems/ Photo credit: Reuters/Thierry Gouegnon

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