About Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications
Work on the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Policy for Ghana started in October 1998, when a National Communications Policy Conference dubbed, COMPOL ’98’ involving all stakeholders in the ICT sector was held at the International Conference Centre in Accra.
The policy document was finalized in October 2000, at Akosombo for the approval of Cabinet.
However, Parliament could not pass the Communications Bill before the then government went out of power.
In September 2001, the incoming government organised another National Communications Policy Conference, at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), to review and update the Communication Policy Document formulated by the previous government in 1998.
The formulation of a comprehensive ICT Policy, known as Ghana Information and Communication Technology for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD), was completed and the result is what is today referred to as Ghana ICT Policy for Accelerated Development.
The legislation that strengthened the agency was promulgated in 2008 as the Electronic Communications Act 775, aimed at providing for electronic communications, broadcasting, and the use of the electro-magnetic spectrum and related facilities in Ghana.
The financial resource for GIFEC is provided by the telecommunications service providers who by law are required to contribute one percent of their annual revenue towards the operations of the Fund.
To bridge the digital divide between the served and unserved/underserved communities in Ghana
We exist to provide financial resources for the establishment of universal service and access for
all communities, and facilitate the provision of basic telephony, internet, multimedia broadband
and broadcasting services to these communities.
We act with integrity, trust, honesty and transparency
The main objectives of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications
(GIFEC), as approved by the Communications Act775, are to:
- Facilitate the provision of universal access to electronic communications to the unserved and underserved communities
- Facilitate the provision of internet point of presence in underserved and unserved communities
- Facilitate capacity building programmes and promote ICT inclusion in the unserved and underserved communities
- Facilitate the deployment of ICT and equipment to educational, vocational and other training institutions
- Develop an effective human resource for the Agency
Sources of funding for GIFEC are:
- Contributions from licensed telecommunication operators
- Monies provided by Parliament
- Monies that may accrue to the Fund from investment made by the Trustees of the Fund
- Donations, grants and gifts, and
- Any other money that may become lawfully payable to the Fund
Programmes being handled under the Universal Access to Electronic Communications Programme (UAEP), are as follows:
- Cyber Laboratory Programmes
- Universal Access to Telephony
- ICT for Livelihood
- ICT Education, Awareness and Content