By Bernard Yaw ASHIADEY

Government needs to make a deliberate effort to give more opportunities to local Information Communication Technology (ICT) companies to help them create more jobs for the growing unemployed youth, Computer Warehouse Group Chief Executive Officer Austin Kwesi Okere has said.

Mr. Okere said government must create a system whereby foreign companies that come in are made to partner local firms to enable knowledge transfer.

?Government, which is the biggest spender, wants companies that are capable to work with; but it is also true that when local companies are empowered, it serves the best interest of the country in the long-term.

?So when foreign companies come into the country, they need to partner a local company and that local company will bring on board local knowledge and the foreign one brings the skills, talent, capacity and capital. When these skills are transferred, the foreign company can leave, and the local one takes over to do maintenance and even expand on what they have learnt.?

Mr. Okere, who was speaking at a press briefing ahead of the 10th anniversary celebration of CWG Ghana, added that the smartphones in the hands of kids should be seen as tools that can do more than just make calls or update social media statuses.

?The smartphones in the hands of our kids are very powerful computers, more powerful than the mainframes we used to have; these smartphones are libraries and research tools. We should instead guide the children to use them for productive purposes rather than just chatting and browsing sites they shouldn?t browse.?

James Agada, Chief Technology Officer at CWG, highlighted the dynamism in the technology space, the rapid changes it is causing in the economy, and the importance of ICT organisations such as CWG in providing solutions and services that will meet current challenges and needs.

?CWG Ghana has grown from moving boxes largely on Sun Microsystems and Dell platforms and providing after-sales maintenance on intervention basis to a full-fledged systems integration company.?

He further highlighted some of the projects the company has accomplished, such as design, deployment, implementation and support of network security solutions; storage, backup solutions, structured cabling, data centre power solutions, managed services, Oracle RAC and tuning services and others.

Harriet Yartey, new Country Manager at CWG Ghana, expressed her appreciation to the stakeholders who have given CWG the opportunity and platform to exhibit its ICT competence, which has turned around numerous businesses in the region.

?Now, CWG Ghana provides technological services for customers in the telecoms industry, oil and gas, banking, government, education, manufacturing and services sector. CWG serves as a technology trusted advisor to its customers based on its established track-record of trust and integrity,? she added.

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