NCA leads Ghana’s celebration of the World Telecommunications and Information Society Day 2024

The National Communications Authority (NCA) today joined the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and other member states of the Union to celebrate this year’s World Telecommunications and Information Society Day (WTISD).

The theme of this year’s celebration was ‘Digital Innovation for Sustainable Development’.

The Director General of the NCA, Dr. Joe Anokye, during his welcome speech, expressed his delight at this year’s WTISD celebration and its theme.

He said that as a member state of the ITU, the NCA accords WTISD the utmost importance and has commemorated this locally over the years.

He continued that digital innovation has emerged as a powerful catalyst for sustainable development. In that regard, the government is in favor of the Digital Agenda, a sector-wide initiative to boost the country’s digital economy.

Director General of the NCA, Dr. Joe Anokye, gives a welcome speech

Dr. Anokye noted that the NCA, on its part, under the supervision of the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization (MoCD), continues to develop regulatory frameworks and review existing frameworks to enable and encourage innovation while ensuring consumer protection and data privacy to ensure.

He commended the ITU for its continued support to African Member States in realizing the full benefits of digital transformation by addressing policy and regulatory challenges and promoting innovation across all economic sectors.

He emphasized the NBA’s readiness to leverage its regulatory facilities for the capacity development of sister regulators in the African region.

Dr. Joe Anokye took the opportunity to announce to the general public that following the severed submarine cable that led to the March 14 incident, all four Subsea Cable Landing Service Providers (ACE, MainOne, SAT-3 and WACS) have completed the repair work have completed.

In her keynote speech, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, said WTISD is a reminder of the tremendous impact telecommunications and ICT have had on the lives, businesses and economic growth of all countries.

She noted that the world is now calling for innovations to solve development problems and also provide opportunities for entrepreneurial development, often arguing in international forums that the agreed Sustainable Development Goals can be facilitated and achieved when digital technologies are used .

Communication and digitalization MinisterUrsula Owusu-Ekuful, delivers her keynote address

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful emphasized that it is the government’s goal to build a sustainable future in a quest to achieve the goals of the Sustainable Development Goals.

This, she said, requires the use of innovative thinking and action in formulating policies for the common good of all citizens.

“We must pursue the adoption and promotion of digital innovation technologies to solve the many development challenges we face as a people and make the leap to better living conditions.

“The use of digital innovative technologies in sectors such as healthcare, education, employment, rural development and climate monitoring, to name a few, will propel our nation forward,” said Mrs. Ursula Owusu Ekuful.

The Minister recognized the steadfast efforts of the Government of Ghana in promoting a culture that embraces innovation, adaptability and continuous evolution, highlighting the National ICT for Accelerated Development Policy, 2003, which set the roadmap for laying the foundation for Ghana’s digital journey.

This policy, she said, identified fourteen key pillars that engage all sectors of the economy to embrace ICT in their activities and functions.

She also announced that the Cabinet has approved Ghana’s digital economy policy, aimed at consolidating the country’s achievements and building on the ICT4AD policy.

According to the minister, the Digital Economy Policy is a forward-looking document with five policy focus areas and strategies to enable the country to pursue the low-hanging initiatives that the policy identifies.

She added that empowering individuals by promoting their competencies, capacities and skills to use digital technologies is one of the pillars of digital economy policies.

Once again, Owusu-Ekuful underscored the paramount importance of collaboration among stakeholders to drive digital innovation for sustainable development, stressing that while dialogue is crucial, the time has come to translate these discussions into action.

She emphasized the need to strengthen cooperation to collectively promote sustainable development by unlocking the enormous value creation potential of digital economy initiatives.

Concluding her speech, the minister hinted that the government is putting in place the necessary pillars to make Ghana the ICT hub for West Africa. and sustainable cities.

Minister of Communications and Digitalization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, delivers her keynote address

In a video message, the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, acknowledged that innovation has always been a uniquely human endeavor, regardless of historical timelines or the pace of technological progress.

She emphasized that innovation can come from anyone, adding that digital technology not only enables the sharing of ideas but also fosters connections between individuals.

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, in a speech read for him by a representative of the UNESCO Country Office, Carl Ampah, the Project Specialist (Culture), noted that developing economies face obstacles in accessing the digital technologies that can help reduce the effects of climate change. increasing inequality, climate change and environmental depletion.

This, he hinted, is the rationale that will lead countries to agree on a Global Digital Compact aimed at securing technology as a force for human well-being at the upcoming Summit of the Future in September this year.

Carl Ampah of the UNESCO Country Office reads the message from the UN Secretary General

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