Tuesday, May 2, 2017
The Managing Director of Airtel Ghana Limited, Ms. Lucy Quist has stressed on the need for the Management of Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to embrace research in its universal service activities that is aimed at helping in digital transformation in the unserved and the underserved communities in Ghana. She made this known on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 when the new Acting Administrator and some Management of GIFEC paid a courtesy call on her at her office in Accra.
The visit was to interact with the Executive Management of Airtel Ghana and acquaint themselves with their operations and look at how to strengthen the existing working relationship between the two companies
Ms. Lucy Quist, in her welcome statement said researching into activities would help identify projects and programmes that are tailored and sustainable which will be of benefit to unserved and underserved targeted communities.
She said, it is imperative that GIFEC looks at the high cost associated with Telecom infrastructure and consider deploying infrastructure that will help reduce cost and make telecom and ICT accessible to the rural communities”
Ms. Quist again appealed to GIFEC to use the stakeholder engagement to help educate the rural folks on the benefits of the Airtel money transfer as in their research conducted indicated the service is less patronised in the rural communities as compared to the urban communities. She said Suba Infosolutions Ghana Limited has a lot of information that can be tapped into or accessed by GIFEC.
Ms. Quist also mentioned one project they currently doing by the name “Coding for children initiative and indicated the response has been phenomenal.
She pledged her support to Ghana Investment fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) and said Airtel Ghana Limited will continue to provide support to GIFEC in implementation of its universal access programmes.
A member of the delegation who welcomed the team, Hanna Agbozo, who is also the Head of Legal and External Affairs of Airtel Ghana Limited and former Board of Trustee member requested GIFEC to look at the high recurrent internet charges.
The Acting Administrator of Ghana Investment fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), Hon. A. Kofi Asante in his remarks expressed his profound gratitude to Ms. Lucy Quist and her team for opening their doors to GIFEC and assured them that GIFEC will take a look at its model of universal access projects.
He expressed his gratitude to Ms. Lucy Quist and her team for their anticipated support in the Coding for Children Initiative project that GIFEC wants to partner Airtel to have more done in the country.
The Acting DFA in his response to a remarks made by Hannah Agbozo indicated that Airtel has been paying their one percent (1%) revenue contribution promptly and regularly and needed to be applauded.
Other members of the GIFEC delegation were the Director of operations, Mr. Yahaya Zakaria Osman, the Acting Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Henry A. Boateng, and the Principal Programmes Manager Mr. Michael Agyei Takyi.