GIFEC held a day’s stakeholders consultative meeting in Kyebi, in the eastern region on the relevance and importance of their newest project, Digital for Inclusion (D41) project. The Digital for Inclusion project aims at given free internet access to undeserved or unserved rural communities in the country. The forum aimed at creating and increasing the awareness and understanding of the various stakeholders on Digital for Inclusion (D4I) project.Addressing the stakeholders, Mr. Kofi Asante, the Administrator of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), reemphasized GIFEC commitment to providing free Wi-Fi to cocoa and Zongo communities in the country to ensure these communities also have access to the internet and its services.
Mr. Asante pointed out that, the provision of and access to the use of electronic networks at affordable rates, would have positive impact on rural businesses, access to banking and financial services through mobile money transfers and payments, such as payment of utilities: water bills, electricity bills, insurance premiums, school fees.
Mr. Asante further, indicated that, with the deployment of Digital for Inclusion (D4I) project, farmers would be able to receive their cocoa proceeds electronically, which would be convenient, safe and less costly.
Mr. Asante also stated that, as part of the (D4I) project and in line with government objective of creating employment in the rural and zongo areas, GIFEC would identify and train people in the community on using technology to create their own businesses and enterprises. It is hope that the knowledge acquired would motivate and encourage them to set up their own businesses in their communities.
Mr. Asante, thanked the collaborating partners, Bluetown Tech Inc., Ghana Cocoa Board, Zeepay, Ministry of Inner Cities and Zongo Development, National Board for Small Scale Industries (NBSSI), and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) for their support and assistance in creating employment in our rural communities.
In his welcome address, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer of the East Akim Municipal Assembly, Honorable Owusu-Twum Ampofo, expressed his appreciation to GIFEC management for the Digital for Inclusion project. He assured management that since the East Akim Assembly is a vast cocoa growing area with a large rural settlements, the project would be a great relief to the plight of rural settlers as far as access to technology and digital connectivity is concern. He therefore pledged the support and assistance of the Municipal Assembly to ensure the successful implementation of the project.