The minister for communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) says plans are far advanced to develop the Ghanaian digital economy policy, an upgrade on the international committee
on taxonomy of viruses (ICTV) accelerated development policy that has been in operation since 2003.
The ICTV, she explained has become obsolete and was concluded long before digital financial services while many other applications and services that are being used today is largely telecommunications focused.
According to the minister there’s so much happening and it is imperative that a proper blueprint is provided for the digital development of the country.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful revealed this when she visited staff of the German Indian Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (GI-KACE) on Wednesday, 21st April 2021as part of her tour of the agencies under the Ministry.
She reiterated the need for GI- KACE to be part of policy development.
“I am waiting to see policy proposals from you to lead and drive innovation in this space”.
She stressed the need for GI- KACE to establish linkages with Google AI Centre to be abreast of happenings and advise on steps to take in the industry.
The Minister challenged them to also make input into the digitalization policy development of all systems and processes.
She cited Mobile Money Interoperability; National Digital property address system; Ghana dot gov currently being worked on, as efforts by government to form the underpinnings of digital economy.
“Every sector needs some amount of technology to be able to survive this COVID environment and beyond.
We have seen how the lockdown exposed the deficiencies in our infrastructure”.
She disclosed that the Ministry is working with the World Bank and E-Transform projects to extend connectivity to all public sector institutions around the country.
“Schools, District Assemblies; Police Stations to have the proper infrastructure in place”.
She encouraged them to come up with the plans to utilise the services they provide to generate revenue.
Minister urged them to start the process of their legislation to be sent to Cabinet and onward submission to Parliament.
She was hopeful that the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization will become the managers of IT class within the public and civil service for every IT professional in any Ministry, Department and Agency (MDAS).
She expressed satisfaction with the work done by staff of GI-KACE over the past years.
Staff of GI-KACE could not hide their joy about the Minister’s satisfaction of their work so far. They promised the minister to work hard to exceed expectations.