Large corporate organisations and public sector institutions can receive instant payment electronically if they sign onto the e-bills pay system introduced by Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement System (GhIPSS).
The e-bills pay, which runs on the back of the Instant Pay system, will enable customers of large corporate organisations to pay for goods and services electronically and the money will be received by the companies instantly.
It eliminates the issuance of cheques and the delay associated with the days cheques take to clear. It also eliminates the cumbersome processes involved in sorting out cheques from thousands of customers.
It can also be used by airlines and big hotels to receive payments from customers. It is also suitable for public sector institutions, which receive taxes, levies and fees.
Speaking in an interview, Mr. Archie Hesse, the Chief Executive Officer of GhIPSS, said the e-bills pay would introduce efficiency in how large corporate organisations handle their payments, while making business expedient for the customer as well.
He explained that since the e-bills pay is instant, the situation where customers or wholesalers and retailers have to wait for their cheques to clear or payments to go through before receiving their consignment of goods, no longer exist because the payment is immediate.
“e-bills payment is electronic and can be accessed via mobile applications or internet banking, which means that customers will not need to be physically present to make the payments but can do so from the comfort of their offices, home or wherever they find themselves,” he said.
Mr. Hesse expressed the hope that the e-bills pay will address a lot of payment anomalies and reconciliation challenges that large organisations face in dealing with large number of customers.
The initiative is one of the key projects that GhIPSS has set out to drive this year.
Mr. Hesse said GhIPSS had already signed on some airlines and public-sector institutions and in talks with some others to also get on board.
He said GhIPSS would embark on extensive engagement with corporate institutions with good information technology set up, to encourage them to also use the e-bills pay.
Just as other initiatives by GhIPSS, the e-bills pay is being offered through the banks and would help address payment challenges and improve efficiency in the organisations.
The e-bills pay is the latest initiative by the national payment infrastructure provider as it seeks to modernise payments in Ghana, in line with best practices globally.