The Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) has indicated that, law requires the Ministry to set up an Advisory Board to assist in policy formulation to aid operational strategies of the Ministry.

She explained that, the Ministry serves the interest of government, the citizens, and the nature of work that impacts people in several ways since technology was the bedrock for development.

In the light of this, on 9th January, 2019, a 6 member Ministerial Advisory Board was inaugurated at the Ministry in Accra.

Mrs. Dorothy Afriyie-Ansah, a Chief State Attorney at the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, administered the Oath of Office and Oath of Secrecy to the members of the MoC Advisory Board.

The Board was required to among other things advice the Minister on policy direction and operational strategies of the Ministry.

Mrs. Owusu- Ekuful however, entreated members of the board to brace themselves for the tall order to formulate policies that will enhance the transformation of the country in this digital era.

She also mentioned a number of initiatives expected to be rolled out this year in order to give meaning to the Digital Ghana Agenda of government.

A few of the initiatives include review of the telecommunications policy, to set out the proper parameters for digitalization, to revamp NCA, Gcnet and Central Equipment Identification.

Also, the establishment of Information and Electronic Tribunal, establishment of Ghana Domain Name Registry within the first quarter of 2019, which will give effect to the laws that guide the operations of the industry, identification of the Critical National Information Infrastructure, migration of DDT and the establishment of the Industry Forum.

The Sector Minister, was of the view that all these ideas would be implemented within this year to aid the digitization ecosystem.

Mrs. Owusu- Ekuful, further emphasized that the e-procurement, e-justice, e-parliament and e-immigration under the e-transformation project were all expected to go live this year. Adding that, “When these are done, every aspect of government business will be digitized to reduce the workload and improve efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services to the public.”

Members of the advisory board include, Ministerfor Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Deputy Minister for Communications, Mr. George Andah, Deputy Minister forcommunications, Vincent Sowah Odotei, AG. Director General of National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Mr .David Gyewu, Director General of National Communications Authority (NCA) Mr. Joe Anokye, and the Ag Director General of Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMET) Dr. Michael Tanu.

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