The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), has participated in the just ended 2018 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. WSIS represents the largest annual gathering of the ICT for Development Community, which seeks to provide a global platform for facilitating the implementation of the WSIS Action Lines for advancing Sustainable Development.
It also provides a unique opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation, sharing of best practices and also seeks to identify emerging trends and foster partnerships taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.
This year’s event took place from March 19th to 23rd, and was led by Mr. Abraham Kofi Asante, Administrator of GIFEC and assisted by Mr. Akwasi Owusu Sarpong, Research, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer.
Key among issues discussed was strategies to build Vibrant ICT Centric Innovation; Financing Mechanisms for Accelerating Digital Transformation. During this session, Mr. Kofi Asante, who was nominated as a panel member by ITU for this thematic workshop, together with other eminent panelist from other reputable organizations globally, gave a presentation on the aforementioned theme and elaborated several innovative financing schemes devised in the implementation of GIFEC interventions, with special emphasis on the new Rural Telephony Partnership model, thus the Tripartite Cooperation Model (nvolves the joint effort of the Ministry, Mobile Network Operators and Vendors) adopted in accelerating access to telephony in the rural areas of the country.
“Dear Mr. Kofi Asante, with WSIS Forum 2018 now having come to a close, we want to sincerely thank you for your part in making this year’s Innovation Track on Accelerating Digital Transformation: Building Vibrant ICT-Centric Innovation Systems a great success through your informative presentation and active contribution. We believe in the benefits of exchanging ideas and fostering a global community of experts and are excited about continuing our collaboration in the future. Once more thank you for helping us making this years Innovation track a success”. Commendation from Innovation Team, Telecommunication Development Bureau, ITU.
At the same WSIS Forum, Mr. Asante, at the invitation of the World Economic Forum, participated in the Internet for All High-Level Breakfast meeting. This platform which witnessed the presence of Alex Wong, Head of Global Challenge Partnerships, member of the Executive Committee, World Economic Forum and Zhao Houlin, Secretary-General, ITU, sought to highlight all the key happenings and global development efforts which have transpired over past years as far as Internet for All is concerned. More importantly, discussions on how to further coordinate and foster effective collaboration to provide access to the 3.9 billion people currently not on the internet also came to the fore.