Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), Minister for Communications and Digitalization (MoCD), was awarded Digital Leader of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 12th Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) held last year. did. At the Movenpick Hotel in Accra on the evening of October 21, 2022.
This was in recognition of her outstanding work in championing Ghana’s digital transformation agenda for national development.
The GITTA Awards are also aimed at spurring business and enabling corporate leaders to innovate and deliver better and more efficient services and products. Recognized people who provide digital leadership at
MoCD Deputy Minister Ama Pomaa-Boateng (MP), who received the prestigious award on behalf of the sector ministers, commended the organizers INSTINCT WAVE and deserved credit for encouraging individuals and institutions to continue their activities. We had an exciting event. It is difficult for a resilient digital economy.
She said the GITTA event is one of the most prestigious ICT awards in recent times and could arguably be called the Oscars of the ICT and telecom industry, cementing the ICT and telecom industry as the most important enabler. I pointed out that of development.
Pomaa-Boateng said innovation remains the hallmark of entrepreneurship, offering great opportunities for job creation and economic growth, and building a robust digital economy.
She added that it is necessary to have a digitally literate workforce to enhance widespread adoption and use of digital products and services by all Ghanaians regardless of their geographic location or economic situation. I got
This is why governments around the world continue to adopt digital technologies to speed development and provide better and more efficient services, while better responding to people’s needs, according to the deputy minister. against the background.
She said the MoCD remains committed to the president’s digitalization agenda and will continue to work around the clock to transform Ghana’s economy.
To achieve this, she has sponsored the annual Girls’ Conference, which provides a platform for female high school girls in Ghana to acquire digital skills and arouse their interest in digital skills to pursue ICT courses at the tertiary level. He said the ministry is implementing several initiatives, including an -in-ICT program. .
“Since the initiative started in Ghana in 2012, more than 9,000 girls have been trained so far. We also have a cybersecurity version of Girls in ICT that we have been training for,” she said.
She said the ministry will promote acquisition of ICT knowledge and skills by individuals and institutions to provide young people with digital skills to manage the changing economy and meet labor market expectations for the growing digital economy. I was.
She revealed that MoCD has set up a state-of-the-art mini tech hub called Ghana Digital Center Limited (GDCL). Hosting technology companies and digital startups.
She said the center, which began operating in 2017, has fostered 200 digital startups during that time, and with funding from the World Bank, the ministry has created a GDCL consisting of innovation hubs (iHub). It added that it has set up an innovation center. ) and the Mobile Applications Lab (mLab).
She noted the ministry’s efforts to provide training in digital marketing, call center skills, basic IT, Microsoft office suites and BPO skills to underprivileged youth in the Greater Accra region at its centers, with success stories mostly in the country. I said it was replicated in other regions. Creating more employment opportunities for young people regardless of their geographical location.
Instinct wave CEO Akin Naphtal said in a brief welcome address that the GITTA Awards aims to promote and celebrate government agencies, digital operators, infrastructure providers, etc., and to further strengthen the Ghanaian community. aimed at sharing the progress of successful innovations aimed at As part of the government’s vision to build a robust digital economy.
“GITTA was created as a strategic platform to recognize, reward and showcase the pioneering ICT initiatives driving the private and public sectors of Ghana, setting a benchmark for the sub-regional wave of development in ICT. I have a vision,” he added.
According to him, GITTA recognizes organizations and individuals at the forefront of digitalization with innovative products and services that continue to inspire the ICT sector.
“As a regional leader, the prestigious annual ICT Gala Awards Night has inspired and driven the further development, growth and innovation of the country’s ICT industry,” he said.