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GHANA WILL NOT PAY $400,000 ANNUALLY TO GOOGLE-GEORGE ANDAH

Ghana’s Deputy Communications Minister, George Andah has allayed fears by some Ghanaians that government is investing huge sums of money in the new digital property addressing system, Ghana Post GPS.  The Deputy Minister says that government does not intend to make more license payments to Google beyond this year. The country is expected to pay Google an amount of $400,000 as licensing fee for making use of the company’s Google Maps platform.

Earlier, Managing Director of Ghana Post, James Kwofie said an amount of $400,000 will be paid yearly for embedding the company’s online map into the country’s newly designed digital property addressing system. Deputy Communications Minister, George Andah however clarified by stating otherwise. He said the fact that the payment of the license will be just for a year makes it clear that government is working on an alternative. He added that per the current plan, the amount paid will be the first and last payment made.    

Mr. Andah however noted that “there are other solutions that are going to come down the line.”

The Digital Property Addressing System, also known as the Ghana Post GPS is aimed at providing an effective digital addressing system in Ghana. This makes it convenient to address both the location of property and individuals.

November 2, 2017

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