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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 4)
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Computerization of Rural Banks in Ghana-Issues and Challenges

G.O. Ofori-Dwumfuo and B.N.A. Botchway-Anang
Corresponding Author:  G.O. Ofori-Dwumfuo 

Key words:  Banking computerization , challenges in computerization, Ghana rural banks, rural bank computerizatio issues, , ,
Vol. 4 , (4): 294-303
Submitted Accepted Published
May 04, 2012 May 22, 2012 July 30, 2012
Abstract:

This study assesses issues and challenges encountered in a computerization project being carried out by the ARB Apex Bank to connect rural and community banks in Ghana. Computerization of banking has been going on in the country for some time now. Unlike the commercial banks, the rural banks lag behind with regards to computer and networking technologies. The ARB Apex Bank therefore embarked on the project to make the benefits of such technologies available to member rural banks. The study selected some rural banks engaged in the first phase of the project. Fifty respondents sampled from staff of the selected banks and experts involved in the project, were interviewed. The study concluded that, on the whole, the project was well designed and implemented; envisaged challenges were adequately specified and catered for and that the first phase progressed successfully. Staff beneficiaries were found to be actively involved in the project and majority of them agreed that the project was within time and budget. The study identified that, on completion, the project will enable the rural banks compete favourably with the commercial banks in the financial market. This will lead to improved service delivery to customers and greater customer satisfaction. In addition, complete computerization and networking will lead to improved monitoring of rural banks in order to reduce financial malpractices. The project will also promote intra/inter bank transactions, peer interaction and peer monitoring among the networked members. The aggregate returns will bring greater efficiency, lower cost of operation and increased profitability and sustainability to the Ghanaian rural banks.
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G.O. Ofori-Dwumfuo and B.N.A. Botchway-Anang, 2012. Computerization of Rural Banks in Ghana-Issues and Challenges.  Current Research Journal of Social Sciences, 4(4): 294-303.
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