Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT Governing Board inaugurated

A 9-member governing board of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) was inaugurated on 22nd February 2022 by the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation.

The board is chaired by Mr Kwame Owusu, with Dr Tony Bediako, Dr Maria Lovelace Johnson, Mr Eric Agyeman, Madam Kesewaa Brown, Mr Kwabena Afum-Dankwa, Dr Collins Yeboah Afari, Mr Francis K. Boachie, and Ms Farida Bedwei, as members of the Board.

The Minister, Hon Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, delivered the inaugural speech explaining that the Centre was established in 2003 through a partnership between His Excellency John Agyekum Kuffour, H. E Kofi Annan and the then Government of India. It was established to help promote the growth of ICT in ECOWAS sub-region and beyond.

The Minister said, “As Ghana’s first Advanced Information Technology Institute, the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT has built capacity for over 40,000 students in Ghana, and other parts of the continent since inception. These high-end skilled personnel churned out are contributing their quota to their respective nations and in various fields in the public and private sectors. This is attributable to the quality demonstrated in the Centre’s rigorous hands-on curriculum, and experienced faculty, and the high-value Ghana’s industry places on the Centre’s products.”

She added that “in the last few years, AITI-KACE has opened Centres in Sunyani and Bolgatanga with the view to expanding the operations of the Centre to cater for the middle and northern belts of Ghana. This has yielded much fruit, as the Bolgatanga Resource Centre, for instance, developed Ghana’s first fully-functional GNU/Linux Operating system –The Nyansapo OS (NOSS). This indigenous operating system is available to African MDAs, schools and organisations for free.

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The newly incorporated Nyansapo’s system is being tested out in the Upper East, North East, Savannah and Greater Accra regions and this have been accepted by the UN as a Digital good. This is dais to be the first of its kind in the West African sub-region. KAICE has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education to ascertain its use in core IT in the GES curriculum.

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The Centre has been of immense benefits in the provision of IT and e-government solutions which have helped to make ICT part of everyday operations in the public and civil services.

The Centre has an e-asset system for seeing to the management of public assets from procurement t decommissioning, human resource management functions and a cashless platform for the processing of non-tax revenue with receipts and payments. Others include e-Learning platforms, Data and web portal for government agencies, a real-time information-sharing platform for SMEs and an election collation and reporting platform.

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AITI-KACE offers a range of programs that are available to the civil, public and private sectors to help make use of ICT in the various operations of these sectors as part of the Ghana Digitisation Agenda.

These achievements have gained government recognition with approvals from my Ministry, the Public Services Commission and the Ministry of Finance to recruit additional staff to support the increasing activities of the Centre.

Furthermore, we want to position KACE as the IT finishing school in the Public sector to ensure the IT class attains or acquires minimum standards of proficiency in their jobs, first like GIMPA has done for Public Administration. Every IT professional in the civil and public service should work to some minimum study set in collaboration between NITA and KACE, regular CET as this is a fast-evolving sector to upgrade their skills or ensure they can manage the IT infrastructure and services put in at great cost by GoG.”

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The Minister after commending them also cautioned them for what possbly lies ahead. Pointing out the fact that funds are needed in order to scale up digital traiining, the sector Minister further said there was immediate need for expansion, particulary in Accra so with proper measures huge revenues can be generated.

According to the Minister, “Given the potential of the Centre, I would urge the Board to marshal all efforts to pay particular attention to helping management to improve the revenue generation capabilities of the Centre.

With the depth of knowledge and expertise on this Board, I am fully convinced that you will work together as a strong team to steer the Centre to effectively deliver on its mandate. I have no doubt that your Board will live up to expectations.

I will take this opportunity to assure the Board and management of the Centre that the Ministry will continue to support the Centre in all its endeavours.”

The chairperson of the Board, Mr Kwame Owusu, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Board for their appointment and pledged the readiness of the board to work to achieve the aims and objectives of the company centre.

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