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Ghana Marks 2018 World Telecoms Day

Speakers at a symposium organised by the National Communications Authority (NCA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications (MOC) in celebration of the 2018 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD 2018) have indicated that, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Information Communication Technology (ICT) are already playing key roles in various sectors of the Ghanaian society and the economy.  The speakers, from health, agriculture, cyber security, finance and data protection, who demonstrated the extent to which they use AI in their fields of work, generally agreed that there was still a lot more room for improvement.

 

The symposium formed part of activities to mark WTISD 2018. Other activities at the event were an opening ceremony and a flag raising event on the premises of the NCA.

 

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Mr. Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, Board Chairman of NCA, reading the ITU Secretary General’s message.

 

Mr. Joe Anokye, Director General of the Authority in welcoming participants said, as Ghana aspires to make the lives of her people better, AI comes in handy, adding that the Authority is leaving no stone unturned at ensuring that voice and data services are available to the people while at the same time partnering the appropriate institutions to ensure that the cyberspace of the nation is used efficiently.

 

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Mr. Joe Anokye giving his welcome address.

 

Giving the Keynote Address on behalf of Honourable Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister for Communications, the Deputy Minister of Communications and Member of Parliament for Awutu Senya West, George Nenyi Andah said in order to create a positive enabling environment for the use of AI in Ghana, priority must be to build solid ICT infrastructure so that AI can be developed and used seamlessly.

 

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Mr. George Nenyi Andah giving the keynote address.

 

He added that government has invested heavily in fibre infrastructure nationwide with complimentary private sector investment in providing redundancy and adequate capacity in the in-country fibre infrastructure to facilitate the provision of value added services.

Honourable Andah referenced the work of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) who through the rolling out a Universal Access to Telephony programme that extends the coverage of mobile telephone services into areas where access to

such services is not adequately available, are helping create an enabling environment for AI to thrive.

The Deputy Minister also added that to further ensure that we enhance connectivity nationwide to support the AI ecosystem, the Regulator, NCA, authorised Mobile Network Operators to deploy Universal Mobile Telecommunication System, UMTS, in the 2G band which is ensuring that unserved and under-served areas of the country gain the needed access to data.

 

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Ghana Marks 2018 World Telecoms Day