Assist Ghana to showcase innovations – Communications minister tells investors

Participants at the event

Participants at the event

The Minister of Communications Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has called on the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and investors to assist Ghana and other nations to showcase innovations taking place in their countries.

 

ITU, she said could assist by creating more congenial environment and platform so that Ghana and other nations could exhibit their innovations.

 

She noted such support would give an opportunity to interested companies to compete with the rest of the world on current innovations trend and attract investors accordingly.

 

She indicated that Ghana has a lot of available investment opportunities and therefore, called on companies to come and invest in them.

 

Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful said this on Monday, at the ongoing ITU telecom world for the year 2018 hosted by the Department of Telecommunications and Post, South Africa.

 

Ghana joined over 126 countries across the world, to showcase its digital solutions at the ITU Telecom World Conference and Exhibition at Durban, South Africa.

 

A Ghanaian delegation of investors, innovators, and project and decision makers from the ICT ecosystem are participating in the ongoing conference and exhibition on a theme: ‘Innovation for a smarter world’.

 

The conference seeks to accelerate ICT innovation for socio-economic development through solutions, sharing knowledge and networking with measures to develop and protect local intellectual property, and a massive skills development programme to underpin the growth of ICTs throughout the society.

 

Speaking at the Global ministerial roundtable discussions on the initiatives put in place to ensure development of ICT and telephony to accelerate the socio-economic development of Ghana, Mrs. Ekuful noted that, the government was working to ensure universal access to telephone calls and internet connectivity across the country.

 

She said it had been the vision of the government to ensure that about 20 per cent of the un-served and under-served communities in Ghana were connected to the internet and have access to uninterrupted phone calls to be able to enjoy electronic-education and electronic-health care delivery.

 

She emphasised that the connectivity of the rural communities to the electronic grid would also pave the way for those communities to take the advantage to pay for goods and services using digital financial services.

By Times Reporter

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