Govt urged to purchase local technology

Madam Dorothy Gordon granting interview to  the media

Madam Dorothy Gordon granting interview to the media

The founding Director General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Madam Dorothy Gordon has bemoaned the importation of technology which includes the sharing of skills, knowledge and facilities by government for various sectors of the economy.

Such imported technologies, she said which were unfit for the purposes they were intended for and had to be adjusted to fit into the context in which they were procured.

Madam Gordon said this over the weekend during a one day boot camp for young ladies under the Young Women in Programming initiative.

It was under the theme “Empowering ladies for the Fourth Industrial Revolution through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).”

According to Madam Gordon, it was necessary for government to purchase most of the technologies from Ghanaian based and lead technology companies to boost Ghanaian businesses.

Madam Gordon said, Ghana was mostly concerned about its economic development and it would use technology as the key infrastructure,

She said globally there was a huge shortage of jobs in the technology sector of more than two million jobs, indicating that not enough people were being trained for the technology job sector.

Madam Gordon went on to say part of the problem was that women were constantly told that technology was not for them thereby discouraging them from venturing into the field of technology.

“But we need them to be able to get the right numbers and also because we have to design technology for the kind of things women are involved in, taking  into account diversity,” she stressed.

She stated that it was therefore necessary for all those in key managerial roles to have a good grasp of how technology works to give them the competitive edge in their businesses.

Madam Gordon said it was important to have groups such as Young Women in Programming that are independently trying to train more people, especially women in technology in order to bridge the existing gap between men and women in the area of technology.

In a speech read on her behalf, the Minister of Communication Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said digital technologies were transforming every aspect of Ghanaians and had the potential to empower us economically and socially.

She said the theme for this year’s boot camp was an important reminder of the need to actively promote women and girls participation in digital literacy work assiduously in order to close the digital gender gap and achieve gender equality.

She said Ghana has a vibrant technology system which was fuelling economic growth, job creation and entrepreneurship as well as helping to provide essential services to Ghanaians on a daily basis.

She was of the hope that the boot camp would ensure that many of the girls benefitted from a myriad of opportunities that are presented by the emerging digital landscape.

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