Telecom Chamber welcomes Communication Minister and NCA boss
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has officially welcomed the appointment of the new Minister of Communications (MoC), Ursula Owusu Ekuful and Director General (DG) of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joe Anokye with an industry cocktail reception at its offices.
According to the Head of Research and Communications at the Chamber, Derek Laryea, the private event was organised to provide a platform for industry stakeholders to network and build sustainable working relationships with the appointees to further enhance the development of the sector.
In his welcome address, the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Telecom Chamber, Kwaku Sakyi Addo revealed that the new appointees are coming on board with a wealth of corporate, legal, legislative, technical experience and insights to the Ministry and the NCA and expressed the Chamber’s confidence that they’ll bring these to bear in this new industrial revolution which telecommunications is today.
The Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful,assured the Chamber and network operators of government’s full cooperation in improving not only the telecom industry but also the country’s private sector.
“This government is willing to work with the private sector. I have no doubts that telecommunications is the biggest and best performing industry in Ghana today,” she said.
Mrs. Ekuful, who is also a Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West Constituecy in the Greater Accra Region has served on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications in the last Parliament and held managerial roles with Westel Telecommunications and Zain Telecoms in 2009.
On his part, Mr. Anokye said “the Regulator will collaborate with service providers to enrich formulation and implementation of all sector policies to achieve a win- win outcome for government, players and consumers”. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Anokye was a Telecommunications service manager at NASA in the United States.
The Chairman of the Telecoms Chamber, Mrs Yolanda Cuba said in her remarks, “the industry players will work with government to ensure a thriving sector which empowers and impacts the lives of Ghanaians.
The event, which was attended by the Chief Executives of Officers of the four leading network operators in the country including Roshi Motman (Tigo CEO), Lucy Quist (Airtel CEO), Yolanda Cuba (Vodafone CEO) and Ebenezer Asante (MTN CEO), also attracted key officials from the NCA, MoC, Telcos, Tower Companies, Parliament, Revenue Authority, Environment Protection Agency, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, Radiation Protection Institute (GAEC), Google Ghana, Media, other industry players and their representatives.