Government ready to work with telecoms sector

The Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has assured that the new administration is willing to work with the private sector to facilitate the country’s economic growth.

“This government is willing to work with the private sector and the telecoms sector is key on the government's list,” said the Minister in a short remark to telecoms sector CEOs and other stakeholders at a private cocktail reception organized by the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications to welcome her into office. 

"I have no doubts that Telecommunications is the biggest and best-performing industry in Ghana today," she added.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful was accompanied by the newly appointed Acting Director-General of the National Communications Authority (NCA), Joseph Anokye.

The private cocktail was also to provide a platform for industry stakeholders to network and build sustainable working relationships with the new government appointees to further enhance the development of the sector.

The Minister was a former CEO of Westel and Zain Telecommunications companies until 2009. She was a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications during the term of the last Parliament.

On his part, the new Acting Director General of the NCA, Joe Anokye said: “the Regulator will collaborate with service providers to enrich formulation and implementation of all sector policies to achieve a win-win outcome for government, players, and consumers”.

Chief Executive Officer of The Telecoms Chamber, Mr. Kwaku Sakyi-Addo said: “these new appointees bring a wealth of corporate, legal, legislative, technical experience and insights to the Ministry and the NCA. We are confident that they’ll bring these to bear in this new industrial revolution which telecommunication is today.”

The Chairman of the Telecoms Chamber and CEO of Vodafone Ghana, Yolanda Cuba said, “the industry players will work with the government to ensure a thriving sector which empowers and impacts the lives of Ghanaians."

The cocktail was attended by officials from the NCA, the MoC, Telecoms companies, Tower Companies, Parliament, Ghana Revenue Authority, Environment Protection Agency, Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, Radiation Protection Institute (GAEC), Google Ghana, Media, other industry players and their representatives.