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Vice presidents urges all in building the country’s digital future

The Vice President of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia is inviting all Ghanaians and stakeholders in the digital and innovation sector to join forces with the government to help mould the country’s digital future for better.

He said putting up a united front as a nation is the only way Ghana can obtain a vibrant local digital economy.

“This Ghana Digital Innovation Week will serve as a platform to discuss and define a common national vision that drives digital innovation and generate wide interest and prompts concrete actions in the policy, legislative regulatory spaces, and the needed hard infrastructure.

“It is through an open inclusive and participatory process where the voices of all can be heard in crafting Ghana’s digital future and unleash the true potential that innovation holds.”

Dr Bawumia spoke at the the launching of the Ghana Digital Innovation Week on Monday, 22 November. The event took place at the Grand Arena, inside the Accra International Conference Centre.

Addressing the gathering, the Vice President advised all present to take advantage of the week-long program to “highlight our nation’s achievements in the digital innovation ecosystem and lead the conversation on how best Ghana can position itself to drive its development agenda.”

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He again seized the opportunity to reiterate the government’s commitment in transforming the nation’s economy through current digitalization since the vibrant modern Ghana we all seek can only be built when strong institutions and systems are put in palce

“Without these, this nation will be stuck in a vicious cycle of rhetoric and underdevelopment,” the Vice President warned.

He further said: “To build our post- pandemic economy, there is an urgent need of investing in innovative technology to leapfrog the obstacles to inclusive development. There is, perhaps, no more important development revolution facing us now than the fast-approaching digitalization and leveraging of technology to develop our country.”

From the Vice President’s perspective, this is the best and critical time to invest in innovation and it can be put on hold any longer.

Meanwhile, the new Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, Shlomit Sufa, has expressed Israel’s commitment to join and configure Ghana’s innovation agenda to make it the go-to market in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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According to the ambassador, there has been many assistance and work have already begun between the two countries.

Somewhere July this year, a delegation from Ghana was sent to understudy the Israelites innovative ecosystem. On the tour, a visit was made to the Israel’s Ministry of Science and other places of interest.

The aim of the Ghana Digital Innovation Week is to celebrate the accomplishments of the Ghanaian digital innovation ecosystem and build momentum for a shared vision of its future plans.

This first edition of the GDIW will see over 20 exclusive conversations, plenaries and conversations. The event is under the theme; “Mobilising Collective Action and Investment to Catalyse Growth in Ghana’s Digital Innovation Ecosystem.”

This event being the first of its kind, is a part of the trilateral cooperation that exists between Ghana, Germany and Israel on innovation and development to promote government-level awareness for digital innovation while also adding enough force to see to the growth of the digital innovation ecosystem in Ghana.

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It is in this spirit of progress that the Vice President’s office is spearheading the Ghana Digital Innovation Week implementation with support from multi-stakeholders including the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation; the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI) as well as the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI).

The week-long packed program that started today is scheduled to end on Friday, November 26.

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