Communications Ministry to use govt purchasing power to assist tech startups

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Ghanaian startups and tech entrepreneurs will soon heave a great sigh of relief as the government embarks on moves to offer practical assistance to them, in a bid to enable their become more productive and competitive in their operations.

Ghana’s Communications Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful told participants at the just ended 2018 Telecom World Conference and Exhibition held in Durban, South Africa that the government of Ghana through the Communication Ministry is “determined to use the purchasing power of the state to assist startups, tech entrepreneurs to get a heads-up.”

Speaking during ‘Ghana Day’ at the exhibition, Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful  also used the occasion to highlight the importance of the STEM programme and reiterated the government of Ghana’s keen interest in developing the Science Technology Education and Mathematics (STEM) for Ghanaian women.

She further disclosed how the Ghanaian government as part of implementing its  e-governance agenda is rolling out a network on which all government services across the country will ride to eschew inefficiencies, lack of transparency and the indulgence in corrupt practices as

 This year’s ITU Telecom World 2018 which was attended by over 3100 participants from 94 countries brought together an impressive line-up of top-level government representatives, influential industry leaders – from established players to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and from emerging and developed markets alike.

Among these were over 200 information and communication technology (ICT) leaders from 74 countries, including 33 ministers, and 125 SME exhibitors from across the globe.

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