Commodity trading firm, Esoko has launched an application aimed at improving data collection in the country.
According to the firm, most SME’s in the country struggle with data collection and management, a situation that leaves much to be desired about efforts to adapt to the ever-evolving digitization of the economy.
Speaking to JoyBusiness at the official launch of the mobile application, Chief Executive of Esoko, Dr Daniel Asare-Kyei, said his outfit seeks to complement government’s commitment to improving paperless transactions.
“We at Esoko have been working with government over the last four or five years; there are several important government programs that we have been involved so we are open to working with government, we are open to PPP arrangement, we are open to any potential business that wants to work with us to be able to use the tool to improve on whatever they are doing,” he said.
The company has leveraged its technical platform and field force for the collection of information, using tablet devices and smartphones. This technology, Insyt, became the backbone of many large-scale social protection programs in Ghana – helping agencies convert from paper, thus reducing cost, time and errors in targeting beneficiaries.
According to Esoko, organizations all over Africa have used the technology to collect and disseminate different types of information on people and markets via smartphone, tablet, web, SMS and voice SMS.
The app works in online and offline mode. It ensures data quality with skip logistics and validations.
Insyt also captures photos, fingerprints and signatures. Map land area and GIS location are accessible on the app and it supports real-time data submission.
In 2016, Esoko launched Tulaa – a mobile commerce platform for rural consumers and producers in Africa.
The company has evolved over the years but remains committed to improving the welfare of rural communities by empowering them – and the businesses that serve them – through mobile technology.