New PURC Database Management System Launched

A state-of-the-art Database Management System (DBMS), for the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has been launched in Accra. It is aimed at providing a secure, reliable, multi-tiered system to enhance the operations of the Commission.

The project was funded by the Korea Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) through the African Development Bank (AfDB). The historic launch was a virtual event on zoom and livestreamed on the PURC’s Facebook page on Wednesday, June 30, 2021.

Speaking at the launch, the Director of  Research Statistics, and Information Management (RSIM), Mr.  Alfred Nortey on behalf of the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation said investing in and implementing effective solutions to facilitate the performance of the utility’s regulator, is intended to protect the interest of both the consumer and providers of utility services.

She noted that effective regulation is based on having the right kind of information for effective decision making, and getting the needed information depends on the ability to gather and aggregate the needed data that can be analysed to provide useful information.

“The world is more connected than ever before using ICTs and data is being produced at an ever-increasing rate. Data is the basis of artificial intelligence and all new technologies like IoT, Blockchain and more are making use of vast amount of data, making innovation possible and transforming the way we take decisions.” she added.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said Data in its raw form does not have inherent value. It however has the potential to unlock significant value and provide solutions to challenges when it is transformed into information, insights, applications, and services. The ability to process, analyse and be innovative with the data generated is therefore critical.

“As a Ministry championing Ghana’s Digital Transformation Agenda, we are keen on supporting state institutions and private organisations through the provision of the necessary digital infrastructure and connectivity, digital skills, research and innovation, cyber security, data protection, privacy and trust for digital networks and service, and finally to provide legal regulatory and policy framework that will govern the data ecosystem.”

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said Ghana has established the largest tier 3 National Data Centre in West Africa, including a back up facility, with adequate capacity to support both the public and private sectors and this is being managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

Also participating in the meeting were the Vice President for Power, Energy, Climate and Green Growth of AfDB; Dr. Kevin Kariuki, His Excellency, Mr Lim jung-taek, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Ghana; representatives from the ministries of Energy and water and Sanitation; Utility Providers; representatives from the Ministries of Energy and Water and Sanitation, Utility Providers; media among others.

Note to the editor.

The DBMS project was initiated as part of the Commission’s efforts to streamline processes and increase the efficiency and efficacy of service, which includes several levels of contract with its various stakeholders. It also aligns with the Ministry of information and Digitalisation’s development objective of technological advancement and digitalisation, which is championed by the Ghanaian government. The DBMS will allow the Commission to collect and analyze utility regulatory data, engage stakeholders, and schedule and coordinate its internal activities, among other things efficiently and effectively.