Communications minister woos investors into Ghana’s ICT sector

The government is determined to assist startups, tech entrepreneurs to ensure that its growth agenda is achieved, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications ha said.

 

Speaking at the ‘Ghana Day’ aimed at showcasing the country’s innovation and culture at the just ended Telecom World Conference and Exhibition in Durban, South Africa she said “And we know that once they do, just as the President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa told us in the opening ceremony, if we focus on young women or women, the youth and small scale enterprises, we have an excellent chance of making the digital revolution work. And, so just like President Ramaphosa, we are keen on developing the Science Technology Education and Mathematics (STEM) for women,” she stated.

 

The Communications minister led the Ghanaian delegation made up of investors, innovators, and project and decision makers from the ICT ecosystem to the event.

 

The conference which is themed, “Innovation for a smarter world” 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 society.

 

Other objectives of the conference are to harness the power of technology, to transform lives, ensure sustainable ICT growth in emerging and developed markets, Foster SDME and innovation ecosystems among others.

 

 

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful who’s keen on luring foreign direct investments into Ghana to boost government’s digitisation agenda said the government would welcome partnerships that would drive its transformation agenda

 

She said that Ghana had embarked on an ambitious broadband infrastructural project in partnership with telecom companies such as MTN, Vodafone, AirtelTigo and equipment manufacturers including Huawei to extend connectivity to every part of the country.

 

“So we have an aggressive rural telephony programme ongoing at the moment with the aim of connecting within the next 5 years the entire country,” she stated

 

“Without robust infrastructure, services and applications that are of interest and benefit to the people and seek to address and proffer solutions to challenges that we face in a practical manner to give our young people the skills to be able to take advantage of the opportunities in the digital world our investment will be wasted and so we are focusing on all three areas—infrastructure, service and applications, training and capacity building,” she said.

 

Describing e-governance as “very key” to the digitisation agenda, she said the government was rolling out a network on which all government services across the country would ride to eschew inefficiencies, lack of transparency and the indulgence in corrupt practices.

 

“We believe with technology there can be more efficiency, bringing governance close to the people, ease the lives of our people and leapfrog development into the 3rd world. We are learning from the experiences of everybody and so it’s fantastic to be here at Telecom World and see the amazing things,” she said.

 

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