Ghana gets telecoms journo network
TELECOMSNana Appiah, Accra, Ghana | Oct. 4, 2012, 5:39 a.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Minister of Communications Harruna Iddrisu, Dorothy Gordon, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence, and the Ghana Telecoms Chamber boss, Kweku Sakyi-Addo, will be among top notch telecom experts from government and the private sector who will participate in the official launch of a network for journalists with special interest in writing ICT news and analysis. The new Network of Communications Reporters (NCR) will be launched on Thursday at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan ICT Centre of Excellence in Accra.
Industry players, especially telecoms operators, have shown a high level of interest in the formation of the network, which will not only help in promoting new technologies introduced into the system, but will also help educate the public about the evolving nature of the industry.
So far, the six telcos operating in Ghana have pledged their unflinching support to the network and have contributed immensely to the launch.
The Network of Communications Reporters bring together communicators with interests in ICT reporting; to equip journalists with skills in ICT reporting; to educate and inform the general public on ICT issues; to advocate for ICT as a paramount tool for development and access to international communities; and to serve as a social networking platform by which members shall help each other, when possible, to achieve their potential.
In a statement issued in Accra, the Dean of the NCR, Charles Benoni Okine, disclosed that the network had come to stay and pledged the commitment of members to ensure that ICT plays a pivotal role in the growth of the economy.
“The NCR will not allow itself to be used as a propaganda tool by any player in the ICT sector because that will defeat the purpose for which was formed,” he added.
According to the Network, it will be balanced in its reportage to ensure that it feeds the public with the right stories and analysis to enable them develop interest in ICT.
Also expected at the function will be representatives of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA); Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ); Parliamentary Press Corps, among many others.
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