Ghana To Have A Digital Roadmap To Expand The Local Digital Economy
Ghana To Have A Digital Roadmap To Expand The Local Digital Economy

As government of Ghana seeks to grow the the country’s economy beyond aid, one of the key sectors it would like to see formalized is the digital economy, Vice President, Mahamood Bawumia has said.

Opening the two day Ghana Digital Roadmap Conference here on Wednesday, the Vice President reiterated the importance government attaches to the ongoing digitization agenda, emphasizing that a digitized, formal economy is a crucial plank of the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Bawumia stated that digitization was important in order to remove the difficulties in the Ghanaian society which, he said, has remained largely informal.

He said access, and targeting in the delivery of public services to those who need these services most, especially the elderly, the vulnerable, the deprived, and even pensioners, was still difficult, and in some cases dependent on “whom you know”.

“But with digitization, we are introducing new and more efficient ways of doing things. We are changing the way things are done in the affected institutions for the benefit of ordinary Ghanaians,” the Vice President noted.

The Conference, organized by the Ministry of Communications is under the theme “Moving Ghana Beyond Aid: Expanding the Local Digital Economy.”

It will review the country’s ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) Policy document in line with digital opportunities to make Ghana, the leader in ICT innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2023.

The vice president therefore challenged the Conference to study the existing policy and come up with a comprehensive, flexible digital roadmap that provides the blueprint for all actions that align Ghana digital initiatives with the short-term and long-term vision of this government. Enditem

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