Ghana to host Broadband Forum to give proper direction to the Digital Agenda

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana will be hosting the first ever Broadband Forum to initiate a public dialogue on how to revamp the country’s five year old Broadband policy and to give proper direction to its Digital Agenda in Accra come Thursday 30 November, 2017.

The Broadband Ghana Forum (BBGHF) organised by the Broadband Communications Chamber (BBCC) in partnership with the Ministry of Communications will be held on the theme Broadband - The Catalyst for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development, and it’s expected to discuss issues such as Challenges and Barriers to creating a fully digitally enable Ghana, Advancing digital capacity and capabilities and helping to develop effective telecommunication policies to meet the needs of the underserved and unserved areas and best practice models that are proving successful elsewhere in the developing world.

Addressing a news conference to officially announce the upcoming forum in Accra, the Chief Executive Officer of the Broadband Communications Chamber (BBCC) Elorm Gustav Tamakloe noted that after the forum, the Chamber plans to present recommendations on guidelines and modalities for the complete review and update of the existing policy taking into consideration new entrants and technologies in the Broadband Industry the Minister of Communications.

According to Mr. Tamakloe Ghana has a lot to gain from universal Broadband access only if it choose to let it be.

“We cannot reiterate enough how small businesses across the length and breadth of Ghana will be major beneficiaries as high speed broadband allows them to compete on a level playing field. High speed Broadband will revolutionalize teaching in our classrooms, health care in our medical centres and our hospitals. High speed Broadband will plug the furthermost part of our nation into the global economy and help us overcome the ‘tyranny of distance’,” he stated.

The BBCC CEO believes that true broadband is the absolutely essential not only for Ghana’s economic future but also it long term productivity growth and global economic competitiveness.

Renowned Ghanaian innovator of fibre optic technologies in the person of Dr. Thomas Mensah together with other leading tech organizations including Nokia, Google CSquared and Huawei will also be leading discussions under the sub theme: ‘True Broadband and Possibilities It Brings’.

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