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    Ghana is on the path of becoming ICT hub of West Africa – Ursula

    Minister of Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has announced the government’s commitment to establishing Ghana as the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Hub for West Africa.

    “We have implemented some fundamental digital initiatives to serve as the building blocks on which to propel sustainable growth in the digital economy we are building.”

    “Initiatives such as the Mobile Money Interoperability platform, the Paperless Port system, National Identity Register, and Digital Property Addressing system have brought relief to our citizens and have propel the country’s digital agenda,” she said.

    During the opening of the 12th Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICT4D) event in Accra, Minister of Communications and Digitization Ursula Owusu-Ekuful emphasized Ghana’s commitment to becoming the ICT Hub for West Africa.

    The global event, organized by the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and hosted in Ghana for the second time, brought together over 600 experts in the ICT sector to discuss leveraging digitization and technology for development.

    Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful highlighted Ghana’s participation in the 4th Industrial Revolution, aiming to capitalize on its opportunities to transform the economy and lay a solid foundation for growth.

    She emphasized the crucial role of digitization in 21st-century development, stating that development cannot occur without pursuing digitization in today’s world.

    “We commenced our digital journey in 2017 with the Digital Ghana Agenda, a vision to leverage technology to deliver public services, promote transparency, efficiency, and easy access to all citizens irrespective of location,” she said.

    Mr. Daniel Mumuni, Country Representative of the CRS, praised the Government for its digitization agenda aimed at enhancing accessibility and productivity.

    He stated that the conference would delve into the ways ICT and data innovations are significantly improving the lives of millions of people and enhancing the impact of humanitarian relief, development, and conservation programs.

    “We hope to also advance global knowledge exchange and build capacity on digital development to drive more impactful use of technology for good.”

    “We are excited to be hosting this conference in Accra where over 700 people have gathered from different countries to the country,” he added.

    Established in 2010, the ICT4D Conference has expanded annually to become a globally recognized and prestigious platform for NGOs, community-based organizations, private sector companies, governmental and multi-lateral agencies, investors, donors, academic and research institutions. It serves as a forum for exchanging experiences in utilizing digital technologies and learning from one another.


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