The Minister for Communications and Digitalization Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has launched Tertiary Digital Innovation Programme.
In a statement, she said, it’s been 5 years since the Ghana Digital Centres Ltd was incorporated to manage existing and planned technology hubs and innovation centres to stimulate and grow the start up ecosystem.
According to Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, she was delighted to be part of the 5th Anniversary of the Ghana Digital Centres Limited and the Official Launch of the Tertiary Digital Innovation Programme (TDIP).
She disclosed that, from 12 vacant structures not connected to electricity or the internet at the beginning of 2017, the GDCL is now fully equipped and operational.
“I remember my first visit to the centre and the shock at seeing the vast empty rooms, leaking roofs, stained ceilings and other visible signs of deterioration.” She added.
The Minister again said, the Accra Digital Centre initiative started during President Kufuor’s government. His government sowed the seed, President Mills-Mahama administration watered it and the Akufo Addo-Bawumia administration is nurturing it.
Since its establishment, the Accra Digital Centre has boosted job creation with a little over five thousand direct and indirect jobs created so far. It has also enhanced the drive for knowledge-led socio-economic growth as well as Information, Communication Technology skills for self-sufficiency. Many of our youth (about fifteen thousand) have acquired various forms of digital skills training.
GDCL is one of the key government institutions in the Digital Transformation Agenda and its ability to provide the needed support for innovation is a critical factor in the success of the agenda.
“To all who have supported the GDCL in this journey we say thank you and we look forward to more support from you. Special mention to the World Bank, MOCD, GIFEC, GIZ and Academia.”
“We encourage industry to also support the Centre; from the banking and financial services sector to the telecommunications and manufacturing etc.
Work with GDCL to design and deliver tailored digital training for your staff as you increase your uptake of technology to enhance your own service delivery.” Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said.