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SIM card registration: A chance to formalize an informal economy, digitally

Posted by Business in Ghana on November 6, 2010

By Edward Kustoati

A growing number of sub-Saharan African countries – South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, and more recently, Ghana – now require that the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card in a mobile phone be tied to the user’s name.  The main reason: to combat crime.  But I am afraid that with its narrow rationale and focus, this exercise misses the big picture; i.e., a golden opportunity to develop a good database that could become the building blocks for stronger institutions and economic transformation. Read the rest of this entry »

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