Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
Minister of Communications
Mr. Issah Yahaya
BRIEF ON THE MINISTRY AND ITS AGENCIES (MDAs)
The Ministry of Communications (MoC) has the core responsibility of initiating and developing national policies aimed at achieving cost effective information and communications infrastructure and services, for the enhancement and promotion of economic competitiveness in line with the policy guidelines of the Medium Term National Development Policy Framework (MTNDPF) developed as the basis of Ghana Shared Growth and Development Agenda (GSGDA) II 2014-2017.It also has additional responsibility for the empowerment of the people of Ghana through Information dissemination, gathering of feedback, capacity building of the media for ownership of policies, programmes, projects and activities necessary for social and economic transformation.
The vision of the Ministry of Communications (MoC) is to manage the convergence of information and communications technologies to ensure free flow of information and gathering of feedback for the promotion of a viable integrated national development process within a global setting.
Ministry of Communications exists to facilitate a two (2)-way free flow of timely information and gathering of feedback for the development of a reliable and cost-effective world-class Communications infrastructure and services, driven by appropriate technological innovations and accessible by all citizens to enhance national unity and the promotion of economic competitiveness in a knowledge-based environment.
The following are the policy objectives of the Ministry.
- To develop policies and programmes aimed at promoting the development of communications infrastructure and services for national development
- To support the development of ICT Industry, Research, Development and networking among stakeholders.
- To promote e-government and governance activities for transparency and public access to information.
- To promote and encourage the expansion of postal services for the social and economic development of the country
- To facilitate the provision of quality Meteorological data and forecasts in support of weather sensitive sectors of the economy.
- To invest and strengthen the institutional and human resource capacities for quality service delivery.
- To promote the building of confidence and security in the use of ICTs for national development
- To strengthen institutional capabilities and human resource capacities to promote delivery of quality services for national development.
- Promote social accountability in the public policy cycle
- Mainstream development communication across the public sector
The core functions of the Ministry are:
- Initiate and formulate ICT policies taking into account the needs and aspirations of the people.>
- Collaborate with MDAs to effectively disseminate information about Government policies, programmes and activities.
- Coordinate, monitor and evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the performance of the Communications Sector.
- Development of appropriate regulation to protect consumers and stimulate competition;
- Building capacity for the ICT sector;
- Gather and assess feedback on Government policies, programmes and activities
- Provide professional training in film and television production, broadcast journalism and creative arts
- Create and enhance awareness of government policies and programmes to the public and English and Ghanaian languages
- Provide public relations support to the Presidency, MDAs and MMDAs
- Process and disseminate local and foreign news
- Promoting Ghana’s international marketing agenda
The Ministry fulfils its functions through the delivery of the following programmes and sub-programmes:
- Management and Administration
- General Administration
- Finance and Administration
- Human Resource Management and Development
- Policy, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
- Research, Statistics and Information Management
- Internal Audit
- ICT capacity development
- ICT infrastructure development
- Meteorological Services
- Postal and Courier Services
- Data Management and Regulations
- Information Services Management
- Electronic Media Services
- Information Gathering and Dissemination
- Film and Television Production Training
THE MINISTERIAL SET UP
The Ministry of Communications is made up of the following agencies and statutory bodies that assist with the implementation of policies related to operational and regulatory framework:
- Postal and Courier Services Regulatory Commission(PCSRC)
- Ghana Meteorological Agency (GMet);
- Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE):
- National Information Technology Agency (NITA)
- Data Protection Commission(DPC)
- National Communications Authority(NCA)
- Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC)
- Ghana Post Company Limited(GPCL)
- Information Services Department(ISD)
- Ghana News Agency(GNA)
- National Film and Television Institute(NAFTI)
- Ghana Broadcasting Corporation(GBC)
- Graphic Communications Group Company Limited(GCGCL)
- New Times Corporation(NTC)
- Ghana Publishing Company Limited(GPCL)