Third Policy Fair Dialogue Session

The afternoon session of the third dialogue series of the National Policy Fair took place with the theme: Opportunities and Challenges of ICT in Ghana.

The session witnessed the participation of the Ministries of Communications and Environment, Science and Technology and other resource persons. The dialogue offered the forum for Ghanaians to discourse with the Ministers and as well air their views on pertinent issues concerning ICT and Telecommunications.

The Minster for Communications, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu noted that the National ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) Policy document sets out a road map for the development of an information society in Ghana.

He said presently the country faces challenges in the ICT sector which is negatively impacting on the Ghana’s ability to create, utilise and share information for the creation of wealth.

To address the problem the minister intimated that his Ministry will commence a process to review the ICT Policy document under the theme: ICT – Towards Employment Creation. The review he said will address contemporary issues such as; Broadband, Cyber Security, Geo-Information, ICT Climate Change and Environmental Policy.

He said, in order to attract investors into the sector, government has intervened to correct market failures, maintain fair competition and also maximise economic and social benefits towards national development, adding that government is transforming governance and public administration to deliver efficient and effective services to the public through the use of ICT.

The Minister for Environment, Science and Technology, Hon. Sherry Ayittey noted that ICT is a prerequisite for development and that the process of its optimum adoption and diffusion in education is long overdue.

She said the implementation of the Better Ghana Agenda ICT project promised by the President in his 2011 state of the Nation address is the beginning of a marked change from a decade of experimentation.

“One of the primary features of this new phase is the newly developed Ghana Science Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) which outlines strategies for implementing ICT in the education sector, such as facilitating the development of a modern ICT infrastructure to improve teaching, learning and research,” she added.

She showed appreciation to RLB Communications Company for producing netbook computers as this initiative will boost local content participation in the ICT sector and in the long run save huge sums of foreign currency spent on the importation of computers.

The dialogue session series continues 29/04/11 at the international conference center, with the theme: “Assessing Ghana’s efforts towards a cultural revolution.” The speakers for the session are Minister for Food and Agriculture, Kwesi Ahwoi, President, National Farmers and Fishermen Award winners Association, Mr. Phillip Abayori and Mr. Augustus Goosie Tanoh.

The moderator is the editor of the Daily Dispatch newspaper, Mr. Ben Ephson.

Source: ISD

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