Internet Governance Forum organised in Accra

This year’s Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Ghana, has been held on the theme: “Building a strong multi-stakeholder model for a sustainable development of the internet in Ghana,” in Accra.

The event brought together internet users, network operators, lawyers, and software developers, to discuss governance issues concerning internet usage and connectivity.

They also discussed cyber security, affordable access, critical internet infrastructure, data protection, child safety and issues on global IGF scenes.

A deputy Minister of Communications, Mr. Ato Sarpong, said government had formulated the right policies to ensure that broad band service became accessible in every home and office in Ghana.

He urged experts in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector to collaborate with government to provide a national broad band service for every home.

Mr. Sarpong explained that for almost two decades, the National Communications Authority (NCA) records had shown that the country had eight active internet service providers that were working to ensure quality internet service for homes and offices.

“However, despite these efforts, not all areas of the country has access to internet and phone services”, he said that government would work hard to increase access internet.

Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, Chairman, Internet Society (ISOC), Ghana, said the surest way of addressing the gap in access was to strengthen dialogue and engagement on internet usage.

He lauded the IGF annual meeting, for affording stakeholders the opportunity to dialogue on internet governance.

Ms. Dorothy Gordon, the Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, expressed concern about media reports that Ghana had given away $200 million to the Kingdom of Netherlands for transfer of E-learning contents.

She said although the agreement was good, Ghanaian ICT experts were capable of providing such services, so that the hard earned currency would remain in the economy.

The Coordinator of IGF, Ghana, Mr. Eric Akumiah, said this year’s forum would help create awareness on Internet government issues.

He said Internet governance forums sought to bring stakeholders together to share their experiences on what they have been doing and collaborate where the need arose to develop the internet.

By Times Reporter


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