Monday, May 23, 2011

GHANA GEARED UP TO IMPROVE RURAL COMMUNITIES WITH ICT


The Ministry of Communication in collaboration with allied agencies is vigorously pursing the universal access agenda to provide Information Communication Technology infrastructure and service to people across in the country. The National Communication Authority (NCA) National Information Technology Agency (NITA) Ghana Metrological Agency (GMA) and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) are supporting service provider, Public service organization and communities to harness the full potential of ICT.
The Deputy Minister of Communication Mr. Ernest Attuquaye -Armah who disclose this during the celebration of the International Telecommunication Union, World Telecommunication and Information Society Day in Accra, Ghana, stated that the collaboration with ministries of Health, Agricultural, Education, Local Government and the District Assembly will extend broadband infrastructure to health institutions, schools and colleges and also the community Information Center, through the disbursement of Universal Service Funds, contributed by the communication service providers
Speaking on the year’s theme: Better life in rural communities with ICT, the Deputy Minister of Communication said the theme is to alert stakeholders on the need to employ the enabling capacity of ICT to improve the quality of the life in rural communities
He indicated that by the declaration of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), it is our common desire and commitment to build people centered, inclusive and development oriented Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and people achieve their full potential in promoting the sustainable development and improve their quality of life.
This year’s celebration he noted enjoins all stakeholders , policy makers ,regulators, telecom operators, private investors and industry to come together to promote the adoption of policies and strategies that will promote better life in rural communities with ICT.

by :Benjamin Appiah Acquaye
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