Digital Economy Policy document at final stages of drafting – NITA
The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation is in the final stages of drafting and adopting the Digital Economy Policy Document (DEPD), the Director-General of the National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Richard Okyere-Fosu, has said.
He said one of the major pillars of the policy document was skills development to ensure that the country developed the right kind of skills to support the digital economy and emerging technologies.
Mr Okyere-Fosu disclosed this during this year’s Technology Job Fair held at the Accra International Conference Centre in Accra on Wednesday.
The day’s event, organised by the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana, AFOS Foundation and other partners, was on the theme “Leveraging Technology to create inclusive and sustainable jobs”.
It brought together companies looking for new talents, on one hand, and job-seeking graduates, on the other, to exhibit and fill up job openings through an innovative and rapid recruitment process.
The NITA Director-General said DEPD was to replace the Digital Policy which had become necessary to be reviewed in view of the changing nature of technology.
He called on all the stakeholders in the ICT industry in the country to support the ICT skills development of the youth.
Mr Richard-Fosu said on the African continent, Ghana stood out as one of the touch bearers of digitalisation, saying the government had invested a lot of resources in digitalising the economy.
The Executive Director of IIPGH, David Gowu, said the TJF was started in 2021 to link job seekers to companies looking for new talents.
He said this year’s fair attracted more than 2000 participants and 60 ICT companies, which was a massive improvement on last year’s programme.
Mr Gowu said this year’s fair had created about 500 job openings which had been posted on the IIPGH’s website, adding about 125 participants last year got jobs through the TJF.
The Project Manager of AFOS Foundation, Hanna Schlingmann, said the technology space was dynamic and, therefore, there was the need for training of the youth in the sector.
BY KINGSLEY ASARE