As a part of efforts to push the federal government’s digitalization agenda, the Minister for Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has signed a three-year partnership settlement with the Worldwide Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Norwegian Authorities to assist the Digital Transformation Centre (DTC) Initiative in Ghana.
The brand new partnership creates a collaboration between Cisco and the Ghana Funding Fund for Digital Communications (GIFEC) to supply over 13,000 Ghanaians with job-ready digital expertise by way of 200 centres throughout the nation.
Talking at a digital signing ceremony, Mrs Owusu-Ekuful stated that these centres would quickly be expanded into the agricultural sector to coach over 1,000,000 farmers and different stakeholders.
“We’re doing 14,700 with a possible to scale as much as attain all teams and stakeholders inside the nation and the World Meals Program is partnering us to achieve over 1,000,000 farmers in the middle of the approaching three years using these centres as nicely. So as soon as this infrastructure is in place, the makes use of to which it may be put are infinite, and we encourage everybody who’s to associate with us to see how we will scale up.”
She added, “College students will have the ability to make the most of these centres as distant studying digital lecture rooms when they’re away from house. In well being, it may be utilized to supply e-health providers to those that would possibly want it. And so the makes use of to which it may be put are diversified, and we’re very grateful that we’re equipping all neighborhood ICT centres throughout the nation to have the ability to be used to facilitate the acquisition of digital expertise in all spheres of endeavour in our nation.”
The Secretary-Normal of the ITU, Houlin Zhao, elated concerning the partnership, urged everybody to come back on board in driving the digital transformation agenda.
He famous, “I hope others will comply with the instance of Ghana and Norway. Allow us to construct an inclusive digital society the place nobody is left behind and the place everybody can fulfil his or her potential.”
The Worldwide Telecommunication Union launched the Digital initiative final 12 months in partnership with Cisco. Since then, centres in 9 creating international locations have began operations and are delivering digital expertise coaching to residents in marginalized communities.