Put a ‘human face’ to ICT

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Image: Delegates at the Regional Development Forum. By Ghana Government
Delegates at the Regional Development Forum

The Chairman of Ghana’s National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has called for a ‘human face’ to ICT, in order to support development.

Paul Victor Obeng was speaking at the opening of a Regional Development Forum and Regional Preparatory meeting in Accra this week. He said people had to be at the heart of ICT development, and that African governments had to champion the development of infrastructure and make it user-friendly.

For example, governments could translate textbooks into ICT-compatible content for use at all levels of the educational ladder, and introduce ICT at early stages for children.

Braimah Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said countries must develop local content to suit the aspirations of respective environments.

He said this would ensure the proper application of ICT in financial institutions, education, healthcare delivery, transportation, agriculture and other sectors of the economy.



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