The Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful says Ghana is working hard to become the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hub in the West African Sub- Region.

Speaking in an interview with Issa Jefferson, a reporter from the Danish Embassy in her office at the Ministry today, She noted that, in line with the aforementioned government was improving its ICT infrastructure to take up the leadership role in the sector to drive the socio-economic development.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful, noted that Ghana was looking forward to even greater applications of ICTs in all sectors of the country’s economy and to ensure it helps the country to blossom. Adding that, there would be a boost in infrastructure which will drive down the cost of data and enable young people to explore more of its possibilities.

She said ICT was being used to shape the way Ghanaians live and work as well as helping in the fight against corruption and waste in the country with the overall objective of improving efficiency in the public sector.

“We’ve used ICTs in scaling up our application of technology in all sectors of the economy to drive growth and job creation adding, ICT has become indispensable in development.” She expressed

Answering a question on the Ghana card, the Hon. Minister noted that, it would be a National Identity Card that would be issued by the Ghanaian authorities to Ghanaian citizens both resident and non-resident, legally permanent resident and foreign nationals.

She was optimistic the issuance of the card would be completed in 24 months, because the card will be the only proof of ones identity, citizenship and residence of the holder.

On the Global Addressing System, the Minister explained that, it divides Ghana into grids of squares and assigns each one a unique address, known as a digital address. With this system, every piece of land and property gets a permanent address.

The system was location-based and expected to provide an effective means of providing an address to every location and place in the country, including undeveloped parcels of land, using an information technology application (App).

The App, She said, will generate a unique code for every property or location in Ghana with the use of the Global Positioning System (GPS) Technology.

She further indicated that, a National Address Registry will be imbedded in the system to enable individuals to validate their home and business addresses for easy direction and identification.

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