The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) in order to achieve its mandate and the sustainable development goals is embarking on the Smart Communities Project, which tends to position Ghana as an IT-driven country.
The project is being piloted in Asumura, Berekum, Goaso and Asankragua in the Brong Ahafo and Western Regions respectively. It will provide Wi-Fi in public establishments such as schools, hospitals, banks, police stations and market places among others. Four communities are to benefit from the Smart Community initiative – Asumura, Berekum, Goaso and Asankragua in the Brong Ahafo and Western regions respectively.
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, during her tour of the project site at Asumura in the Brong Ahafo region, said as the Akufo-Addo-led government formalizes the economy it will be much easier to start paying farmers and other sectors of the economy electronically, adding the Smart Community Project is an attestation that “E-commerce can strive in rural areas.”
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful, who doubles as the MP for Ablekuma West, hailed GIFEC for the project since it “will facilitate E-governance because all the district agencies will be given access to internet and deal seamlessly with one another in terms of provision of services and sending and receiving feedback.”
The Communication Minister was optimistic the country stands to benefit immensely from the project because it will also help reduce corruption in the public sector.
She noted that information and technology are pre-requites in development hence bringing them to the doorsteps of the deprived is a laudable initiative hence the need to support GIFEC Secretariat to spread the project to other communities. She appealed to the beneficiary communities to maintain the facilities to extend their lifespan.
For her part, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana, Tove Degnbol, promised that as partners in development, her country will continue to support the digitalization process of government to boost the various sectors of the economy.
The CEO of GIFEC Mr. A. Kofi Asante remarked that the project will provide internet access to district agencies as part of moves to make E-governance feasible. He commended the project partners for their support and promised their resources and expertise will be put to good use.