Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation participates in Ghana Digital Innovation Week 2021

The Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD) in partnership with the Vice President’s Office and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) with support from GIZ on the 22nd of November 2021 organised the maiden edition of the Ghana Digital Innovation Week (GDIW) at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC).

The 'Ghana Digital Innovation Week" is designed to bring together pacesetters and stakeholders in the digitization ecosystem; entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, university faculties, venture capitalists, as well as other technical service providers such as accountants, designers, contract manufacturers and providers of skills training and professional development to provide a common platform for practical conversations on turning innovative ideas into useful reality to address societal problems.

It will also engage at the highest levels, the governments of Israel, Germany and Rwanda, known for their innovative prowess, to help provide technical assistance.

Performing the Launch, the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, commended the organizers for the "excellent collaborative work done", adding, it was imperative that all stakeholders "talk to each other" as the nation strives towards achieving a digital economy fit in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Speaking on behalf of the Sector Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the Deputy Minister, Ms Ama Pomaa Boateng indicated that government is focused and committed to building a world class digital economy that is in tandem with global standards.

According to her, innovation is at the heart of the Ministry’s mandate and “we encourage it wherever we can so that we can use technology as an engine for growth and cement Ghana’s position as the digital technology capital of West Africa.

On long term projects, the Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng mentioned that the Ministry has trained 50 ladies from the University of Ghana (USAG) in Artificial Intelligence, Coding and Cyber Security in September 2021 who came up with four critical innovative ideas namely, Uni Health, Digital Parliament, Soil Fertility Tester and Smart Irrigation.

“With Digital Product Management Training and Support from the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT and the Accra Digital Centre, these female young students are being groomed to be tech entrepreneurs “she added.

She also mentioned that the Ministry in October, 2021 trained about 60,000 Senior High girls in three regions (Ashanti, Eastern and Central) on Cyber Security. The motive, according to her was not only for the girls to stay safe online but also to create a cyber security innovation network.

We are nurturing these high school students to identify and create innovative solutions by becoming early-stage cyber security entrepreneurs adding, cyber security is required to facilitate Ghana’s economic growth, protect the critical infrastructures, and also maintain political stability.