Ghana, Whale Cloud sign Innovative City Development pact

Mr. Zhou (right) and Mrs. Ekuful signing the pact

Mr. Zhou (right) and Mrs. Ekuful signing the pact

Whale Cloud has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ghana on innovative city development at the headquarters of Alibaba Group.


Mr Ben Zhou, CEO of Whale Cloud, and Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, Minister of Communications signed the MoU on behalf of each party.


A statement issued in Accra yesterday said “This agreement will reinforce mutual cooperation and fuel innovation and smart city development in Ghana, applying the cutting-edge technologies and solutions developed by Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud.”

Accra is undergoing rapid urbanisation, causing challenges for city administrators and inconvenience for citizens.


Under the MoU, the statement said, Whale Cloud would form a strategic partnership with Ministry of Communications and deliver its Innovative City solutions to resolve these challenges.


Using cloud architecture, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and Artificial Intelligence technology jointly developed by Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud, the Innovative City solutions would help launch rich industrial applications quickly on the platform of a unified operation center, including e-Government, ET City Brain, Mobile Payment and a Unified Media Center etc., which can help the government solve urban governance issues.


This, the statement said would be done with the support of machine learning and AIalgorithms, improve efficiency of governance and lower the costs of government operations, in order to transform Accra into an innovative and digitalised city.


The statement said “Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud will also provide strategic and professional advice to transform the e-commerce landscape and help e-commerce business development in Ghana to flourish.”


“Building connected and tech-driven urban areas is key to Ghana’s rapid urbanisation. We look forward to working with Whale Cloud and Alibaba Cloud to utilise ICT innovations to improve the quality of life of citizens, and promote efficiency, transparency, expedite the provision of services to citizens while reducing the opportunities for corruption. We will work with tried and tested partners like Alibabato make Ghana a digital and dynamic country for citizens, businesses and investors”, Mrs Owusu –Ekuful said.


“We’re pleased to partner with the Ministry of Communications of the Republic of Ghana and leverage our expertise and industry-proven solutions to make Accra an innovative city. We will help Ghana lead the way in digital economy and accelerate its journey towards sustainable prosperity”, Mr Ben Zhou said.

By Times Reporter

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