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3.5m Ghanaians to be connected to internet by end of 2023

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The about 3.5 million Ghanaians who are yet to be connected to data and voice network will heave a sigh of relieve by the end of next year.

This follows the quest by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation to construct and connect some community Information, Communication and Technology centers and cell sites across the country.

According to Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the establishment of more than 2,000 centres and sites is ongoing and on course to make this a reality.

“We are focus to begin and also complete all ICT centers and rural telephony sites across the country to aid the teaching and learning of ICT courses for our girls and the youth. This will be an opportunity for girls and young women in the country to gain knowledge and be exposed to ICT”, she mentioned whiles giving a keynote address to climax the National Girls in ICT programme on the Techiman Campus of the Valley View University in the Bono East Region.

“As we have been told, the theme for this year is “access and safety”. This theme is very apt because not all our communities have access to platforms that will help in the knowledge acquisition of our young girls”, she added.

To address the access issue in Ghana, the Ministry through GIFEC is implementing our rural telephony and digital inclusion project which will see the construction of more than 2,000 sites for voice and data connectivity nationwide. Over 700 sites are already being built since 2020 and many communities been connected and benefiting as we speak.

“By the end of next year, all the sites would be completed and connected for some 3. 5 million Ghanaians who are currently not connected to experience the wonders of digital technology” she assured.

Since the beginning of the celebration in 2012, this is the first time about five regions are celebrating the programme separately in a year. A development the minister describes as exceptional.

One hundred girls from all the 11 districts received laptops, whilst some also received cash awards and incentives for their schools, including coding clubs, fully furnished ICT laboratories, among others.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful urged the Regional Coordinating Council to take ownership of the facilities and ensure that proper maintenance is done for them to serve their purpose.

Some best performing teachers and regional officers also received laptop rewards for their efforts.

A Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Eric Mensah Bonsu, re-emphasized the importance of technology in the economy and urged the beneficiary girls to use the training to empower themselves.

Afua Brown-Eyeson took the children through some sections of the Cyber security Act, Act 2020 which is related to children and advised them to stay away from unfriendly people on the internet in order not to fall prey to their demands.

Deputy Minister for Education in charge of TVET, Gifty Twum Ampofo, encouraged the participants to study hard and take advantage of some government initiatives like the free senior high school.

She also emphasised on the need to study beyond classroom exercise in order to open their minds to many happenings on the globe.

According to her, the world is becoming a global village and one needs to make use of technology to advance in their studies.

“Make use of internet connectivity and technology in the country as a female student. You should take research seriously in whatever you want to study and not only what you are being thought in the classroom. Make good use of this particular training so that you can be ahead of your peers in class and benefit from the president’s Free Senior High School programme” she advised.

Certificates were presented to all 1,000 beneficiary girls from the region.

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful together with the Bono East Regional Minister, Kwasi Adu Gyan, handed over to the Bono Regional Representatives as the next host of the girls in ICT programme which is expected to commence in few days.



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Government must complement monetary policy with sound fiscal measures – Economist

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Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, has been urged to embark on comprehensive fiscal measures to complement monetary measures by the Bank of Ghana to restore economic stability and confidence.

Some financial observers have cautioned that investors will continue to shun government Treasury bills until the Finance Minister embarks on tight fiscal policy to bring down inflation, which hit 23.6 percent in April.

Speaking to Joy Business, Economist, Professor Lord Mensah, warned that investor confidence will continue to decline until inflation is stabilized.

“Government has been struggling to meet its target because the investor community has started shying away from short term investments, “Professor Mensah said adding that the uncertainties in the money market has made investors skeptical.

He stated for example that, investors are rationale business owners who always respond to activities in the market.

According to him, uncertainties create unpredictable future – a situation investors watch out for before committing their funds.

“Usually when uncertainties are so high in the system, most of the investors move their funds from the long term to the medium term. If the uncertainties continue to get deeper, they move their funds to the short term. If the investor is not comfortable at the short term then it means the economy is not doing well,” he explained.

He maintained that one of the major ways for judging confidence in an economy is to examine where and how investors are willing to invest their funds.

“With high inflation investors know that the value of their investment will be eroded. For me, the most important thing to do now is to work and bring inflation down”.



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Economy growing strongly, data suggests robust pick-up – Governor

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The Ghanaian economy is growing strongly despite the threat of rising inflation and the recent sharp volatility of the cedi, Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Ernest Addison has pointed out.

According to him, data secured by his outfit so far indicates that the economy continues to rebound, irrespective of the challenges.

Speaking to Bloomberg ahead of the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) meeting, which began yesterday, 18th May, 2022, Dr. Addison said he real sector of the economy has been resilient despite the impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

“The Ghanaian situation in a sense also reflects what happened in 2020 where the government took a very expansionary stance on policy. Therefore there were many interventions that was put into place in order to protect lives and livelihoods.”

“The impact of that was real sector being more resilient than we see in other places. As I said, we are beginning to see a pick-up in growth in 2021”, Dr. Addison emphasised.”

Indeed, sectors such as Information, Communications and Technology; Tourism and Hospitality; Manufacturing have bounced back, registering strong growth rates.

“Some of the data that has come in 2022 does not suggest that we are slowing down”, the Governor noted.

“I believe, if we were to choose between growth and inflation, the policy priority should be managing the pace at which prices are increasing”, he added.

Economy expanded by 5.4% in 2021 – GSS

Ghana’s economy expanded by 5.4% in 2021, far higher than the 0.4% recorded in the year 2020, a period that COVID-19 pandemic had severely hit the global economy.  

Without oil, the economy recorded a Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 6.9%

According to provisional estimate by the Ghana Statistical Service, only 10 countries in Africa recorded growth rates higher than that of Ghana. They included Cote d’ lvoire and Uganda.

The strong growth rate was driven by the Services sector, particularly the Information, Communication and Technology (33.1%) and the Agriculture sector, such as Fishing (13.4%).

The Services sector recorded the highest GDP growth rate of 9.4% in 2021.



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Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

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The first batch of young individuals who signed onto the Believe in Ghana (BiG) project in Kumasi have graduated to venture into the creative arts and manufacturing industries.

The Believe in Ghana (BiG) project trains young aspiring entrepreneurs to take charge in the creative arts and manufacturing sectors.

Trainees are engaged in bakery and pastries, soap and bleach making, batik and tie and dye as well as beads making.

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

Project originator, Tony Donkor, says the employment rate of the youth in Ghana needs to be addressed through such innovations.

“The project intends to raise a generation of knowledgeable youth who can take up the manufacturing space in order to secure a brighter future for the Ghanaian youth.

“The project intends to equip illiterate, semi-literate and literate persons with the skills set to secure a better future in the absence of a salaried job” he said.

The BiG project has seen partnership with the Centre for National Culture in Kumasi who created the avenue for individuals to be trained through localized methods.

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

Deputy Director for Performing Arts at the Centre, Mustapha Issa, says locally-manufactured items need the necessary patronage to promote local industrialization and national culture.

According to him, “people often portray cultural products as fetish and they do not want to patronize it, but if we can reorient the definition of culture to ourselves, people can then appreciate it.”

He added that, “accepting the cultural values our products stand will bring great benefit from.”

Mr. Issa also advised that the country takes its cultural values seriously in order to preserve the rich heritage as a people.

He indicated that, “our music, movies and arts should represent our heritage, rather than degrading it.”

The first cohort of 15 trainees under the project shared their experiences on the impact.

“I work in a travel agency and we usually host events where attires are worn. I signed up to the project so I can learn how to make apparels to get the contract for myself and make some money as well,” said Doreen.

Another participant, Sumaila said “I am a musician and I wanted to add a clothing line to it, so I enrolled to learn how to make batik Tie and Dye. I can use the technique to create my own brand in addition to the music I do”.

Techno Genesis Ghana graduates the first batch of trainees under BiG entrepreneurship project

The BiG project intends to train over 10,000 persons in the Ashanti Region and further extend to other regions of the country.

The Believe in Ghana Project is under the operation of Techno Genesis, in partnership with The Multimedia Group, Kumasi and the Centre for National Culture, Kumasi.



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