Technology is a key component of the ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ agenda

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghana’s Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia has acknowledged technology as a key driver in the transformational Ghana beyond Aid agenda. According to him, government is convinced that the use of technology is a key component of the ‘Ghana beyond Aid’ agenda, and would continue to engage stakeholders in the sector. 

The Vice President made this acknowledgement when addressing a gathering of Ghanaian technology experts working in the universally-acclaimed home of ICT - Silicon Valley, California in the United States of America (USA). 

"We believe it is time to look at doing things in a new way. This government is prepared to try new things, new ideas, innovations that will impact directly on every Ghanaian wherever they are on the planet. That is why we are here, where technology and innovation lead the way and its use has been designed for everyday activities."

Dr. Bawumia is leading 15 local ICT firms, on a five-day working visit to the technology hub of Silicon Valley, during which he will hold discussions with the Valley's thought and technology leaders to explore the possibilities of developing strategic insight, decisions and partnerships with the view of helping to enhance the digitisation of the Ghanaian economy to move Ghana beyond aid.

He is scheduled to meet with corporate executives of cutting-edge digital technology organisations, including Microsoft, Facebook, Tesla and Alphabet, and visit a number of facilities, including the G.E. Digital Centre and the IBM Watson Centre.

The Vice-President will also meet with the Ghanaian community and brief them on happenings back home.  The ICT leads accompanying the Vice-President include representatives from GHIPSS, Hubtel, BlueSpace Africa, DreamOval, Rancard, Nsano, ExpressPay, IBM, and Bsystems. The rest are from IT Consortium, Trotro Tractor, General Electric, Callens Solution, Edel Technology Consult, and SoftTribe.

Also on the team is Deputy Minister of Communications and MP for Awutu Senya East, George Nenyi Andah; Mohammad Tijanni Habibu, deputy Foreign Minister; Alex Tetteh Djornobuah, MP for Sefwi Akontonbra and member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Education; and Halidu Ali Maiga, member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Food, Agriculture and Cocoa Affairs Committee.

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