Samuel Dodoo, GNA
Accra, Nov. 29, GNA
– Mr Iain Walker, the United Kingdom (UK) Ambassador to Ghana has said his
country’s partners, such as Ordnance Survey, the world-leading mapping agency
will support Ghana to build a digital base map.
He said the map
would help create a new digitized land registry system, the first of its kind
in Ghana, to clarify land ownership, and realize the many associated benefits.
Mr Walker made the remark
at a two-day event held at the Accra Digital Centre organised by AB2020 and
supported by the Ministry of Communications, the British High Commission and
The event is the 6th
edition of ‘Tech in Ghana’, the leading conference which brings together
Ghana’s technology ecosystem for global knowledge sharing, valuable networking,
and to showcase innovation.
It was on the theme:
“Connecting our Global Network: People, Opportunities and Industries.”
The event was
attended by players in the technological industry both locally and
internationally and the sponsors included; Visa, KudiGo, Jumo, BlueSPACE Africa
The Ambassador said
the digital economy provided opportunities that African countries could use to
promote growth to reduce poverty and create jobs, adding that it could boost
the government’s “Ghana Beyond Aid” agenda.
Mr Walker said: “I
am delighted that through the UK-Ghana Business Council, we are able to bring
in UK expertise from the Government Digital Service, who are here this week to support
a new partnership around the digitalization of government services. Their work
in the UK has had a transformative impact on delivery of government services
for the British people.”
He said the UK in
addition stood side-by-side with Ghana to tap into expertise around the
Commonwealth to drive its ambitions for the digital sector, adding that; “In
September 2018, the UK and Ghana launched the Commonwealth-led Digital Finance
Champions Group, which seeks to galvanise global momentum toward an inclusive
and secure digital finance agenda.”
Mr Walker said there
was more that the UK and Ghana could do together, to ensure that Ghanaians
enjoyed digital access, tap into new digital platforms that offer efficient and
cheaper services, access digital literacy skills and training, create jobs
around the digital sector, and create made-in-Africa solutions.
“Together we can
ensure that Ghana is not only a consumer of global technology but also a
producer,” he said.
Mr Vincent Sowah
Odotei, the Deputy Minister of Communications said ‘Tech in Ghana’ has served
as a common platform for industry players to engage to make business ideas a
reality and create opportunities for the youth.
He said the
government through the Ministry targeted improving the livelihood of the people,
such as the use of drones to transfer medical supplies to rural areas, the roll
out of e-governance programmes and cyber security among others.
Mr Odotei emphasised
the need for partnership between the government and the private sector to put
in place creative and innovative measures that would improve economic and
social wellbeing of the people, especially the youth.
The ‘Tech in Ghana’
is held twice a year – in the United Kingdom during ‘London Tech Week’ in June,
and in Ghana, Accra in November.