Ghana to Host 2018 Africa Regional Development Forum

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Since assumption of office, the Ministry of Communication has been focusing on the digital agenda including the implementation of the Mobile Money Interoperability, Digital Addressing System, Ghana Card, among others which will enable the digital economy to thrive.
First time in the history of Ghana, there has been the establishment of a National Cyber Security Secretariat and the prosecution of cyber crimes. Since 2017, there has been training programs for prosecutors, police CIDs and judges to curb cyber crimes.
Efforts to establish such programmes have upgraded Ghana to become the hub in West Africa for the prosecution of cyber crimes and creation of policy document addressing children with regards to online and the contents they are exposed to.
In the wake of this, Ghana is set to host the International Telecommunication Unions’ (ITU) Regional Development Forum at the Accra International Conference Center (AICC), from July 18-20, 2018. It would be hosted by the Ministry of Communications.
At a press briefing ahead of the event, the Deputy Minister of Communication, Mr. George Andah, indicated that, ICT plays a very vital role in the overall national developmental agenda. Thus, it is a great opportunity for Ghana to host a unique event as this one.
He underpinned five main initiatives that would be focused at the forum;
To ensure building digital economies and fostering innovation in Africa, the promotion of emerging broadband technologies, Building trust and security in the use of telecommunications/information and communication technology, Strengthening human and institutional capacity and building, and Management and monitoring of radio frequency spectrum and transition to digital broadcasting.
The Regional Director for ITU, Andrew Rugege, commended Ghana for accepting to host the event. He indicated that, the Regional Development Forum will provide members and non-members the opportunity for high level dialogues between Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT) and decision makers of ITU Member states and sector members.
According to him, it was a collective responsibility to provide the platform for everyone to put their heads together to implement regional initiatives that will look at the impact of ICT on lives of the people.
Mr. Rugege announced the “African Girls Coding for Change” which will commence in August, and aimed to develop coding culture among children of school-going age through continental coding boot camps.
Established in 1865, has reaffirmed its reputation worldwide as one of the most resilient and relevant organizations and it continues its work as the specialized agency if the United Nations for Communications and Information and Communication Technology. ITU is a unique neutral platform for organizations to network and collaborate with industry, governments, regulations and academia.
ITU has a global membership of 193 member states and over 800 sector members from information and Communication technology (ICT) sector and more then 600 members from academia.
Source: Sammy Adjei || ghananewonline.com.gh

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