Communication Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said bridging Ghana’s wide digital divide is crucial to the country’s socio-economic development.
As a result, she noted, government is embarking on a deliberate agenda to digitize Ghana—which is an ambitious technological programme of infrastructural development with national broadband infrastructure and connectivity with the unserved and underserved at the heart of the agenda.
The Government of Ghana in recognition of the “importance of connectivity for socio-economic development” she told the ongoing International Telecommunications Union (ITU) world conference in Durban, South Africa believes “it’s imperative that all citizens benefit from the opportunities presented by digitization and it is crucial that we close the digital divide which threatens to further marginalize the most vulnerable in our communities.”
She said as Government of Ghana scales up its digitization effort, the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) — which is mandated by law to provide financial resources for the establishment of universal service and universal access to all communities and to facilitate the provision of access to basic telephony, internet services, multimedia broadband and broadcasting services — is playing an increasingly “critical role” in the digital transformation “our countryside.”
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