ICT Council To Be Set Up

DR.OMANE BOAMAH MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS (5)The Ministry of Communication has inaugurated an Advisory Working Group to put up modalities for the formation of a Ghana ICT Council (GICTC).

Inaugurating it, Dr Omane Boamah, Minister of Communication, asked the members to complete work within six weeks. He said the GICTC would guide the professional conduct of practitioners involved in providing ICT services and goods.

Dr. Boamah said such a body had become necessary because the sector continued to expand, and the Ministry’s mandate required the creation of a level playing field for all the practitioners to meet the expectations of consumers and the industry.

He charged the group to work out and advise on how the creation of a GICT would ensure excellence in responding to the delivery of quality ICT services to consumers.

The Minister also asked the group to outline the extent to which the GICTC could create an academic niche in Ghana, through the provision of an enhanced forum for research study, innovation and exchange of information on ICT issues.

He also tasked members to map out the degree to which the GICTC could assess and monitor industry performance in line with national and global standards, saying “you must also determine appropriate sanctions for quality of service breaches”.

Members of the group, chaired by the Deputy Minister, include Ernest Brown from Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA); Derek Laryea, Ghana Chamber of Telecommunication; Georgina Quaisie, the Academia; Ernest Amoako, Youth in ICT; Kofi Worlanyo, Ghana Association of Software and It Service Companies (GASSCOM), and Alhasan Umar, Information Technology Enabled Services Secretariat (ITES).

The rest are Maxwell Vardon National Council for Persons with Disability; Kofi Owusu-Hene, Consumer Protection Agency, Mrs. Nana Beecham, Association of Ghana Industries. – Lawrence Markwei   

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