New Director General of KACE Pays Courtesy Call On GIFEC
The newly appointed Director-General of the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence (KACE), Dr. Collins Yeboah Afari and some of his management members have paid a courtesy call on GIFEC on Wednesday, 25th August, 2021.
The purpose of the visit was to formally introduce himself to Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah, the new Administrator and other Staff of GIFEC and, to explore ways to expand collaboration between the two Agencies.
The team from KACE, led by the Director-General, comprised Mr. Fred Yeboah, Director, Research and Innovation; Mr. Stephen Baffo, Director, Finance and Administration and Dr Patrick Offei, Director, Consultancy, and was received by the Administrator with some GIFEC Management Team Members, including Mr. Henry Agyeman Boateng, Director, Finance; Alhaji Faisal Issahaku Gbanjili, Director, Administration and Human Resources and Mad. Phillipine Mawuenyega, the Head of Internal Audit.
Mad. Eva Andoh-Poku, the new Deputy Administrator and Alhaji Yahyah Zakaria, the Director of Operations, were expected but had other engagements which prevented them from attending the meeting.
In his welcome remarks, the Administrator of GIFEC, Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah outlined some activities undertaken during his transition, highlighting especially the commissioning of projects in the Central Region by the Honourable Minister for Communications and Digitalisation on Monday. He also expressed excitement in welcoming the new Deputy Administrator, adding that he looks forward to having her on the GIFEC team.
In terms of collaboration, Mr. Sefah informed the team of his meeting with the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) project team and the role of KACE on same. He, however, stressed the need to continuously enhance the quality of training and delivery of project objectives, in order to attract more partnerships and funding.
He said this against the backdrop of the over-relianceofn the 1% contribution from the Mobile Network Operators and Internet Service Providers over the years, to achieve the Fund’s mandate.
He reiterated the need to employ evolving and innovative strategies for revenue mobilization and further maximize available resources for project execution.
On his part, Dr. Collins Yeboah apprised the meeting of his visits to other Agencies and his intention to extend the meetings to other industry players, as part of his transition activities.
Mr. Stephen Baffo mentioned collaborative work done so far on the Nyansapoh solution and Eduboss projects and requested for GIFEC’s assistance in extending the intervention to remote areas.
Mr. Henry Agyeman Boateng also cited the need to devise new ways of payment for services that ensures cost saving and mutual benefits, with Alhaji Faisal Issahaku Gbanjili underscoring the need to continue the existing partnership between the two institutions for project expansion.
In conclusion, Mr. Sefah called for future meetings to discuss specific areas of collaboration, saying that “we look forward to working together with you, let’s ensure principles such as productivity and motivation. Thank you”.