Minister for Environment, Science and Technology Prof. Frimpong Boateng has said government remains committed to building a resilient cyber ecosystem that will not only ensure the sustainability of all government e-initiatives, but will also be enough to withstand any cyber threat.
Government has embarked on a number of innovations such the paperless port system, digital address system as well as digitisation of some processes at the Registrar-General’s Department, and the minister noted that these innovations may be threatened if the cyber ecosystem is not robust.
“With all these innovations and the expansions in other areas of the technology sub-sector, if it is not safe it will impede the overall competitiveness of this country. Indeed, our quest to achieve a Ghana beyond aid will be facilitated by a resilient cyber ecosystem,” Prof. Boateng stated.
The minister was speaking at the World Summit Awards Grand Jury meeting in Accra last week, and said despite the number of innovations introduced by the Akufo-Addo government, there is a need to introduce more as well as improve on the existing ones.
The World Summit Awards (WSA), which are held annually, has as their main objective promoting social entrepreneurship in the digital sector worldwide.
As a part of their contribution to the United Nations’ ‘World Summit on the Information Society’ (WSIS), the WSAs honour the most innovative digital applications and solutions across the globe.
The meeting in Accra was attended by the Chairman of WSA, Peter A. Bruck and the executive board members of the awards, and was made possible by the Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet).
The role of digitisation
Speaking at cocktail event held after the meeting of the Jury, Dr. Nortey Omaboe – Executive Chairman of GCNet, argued that digitisation has a critical role to play in realisation of the country’s development agenda – and urged Ghanaians to support government in promoting ICT in the country.
According to him, GCNet considers its association with the WSA as an opportunity to contribute in the digital transformation of Ghana, adding that: “We believe technology should be an enabler in every sector of the Ghanaian economy to fast-track our industrialisation agenda”.
He said it is important for society to come to the realisation that ICT will continue to be the dominant driver of economic growth and innovation globally, and value it.
“Even though we could not have envisioned how technology would change our lives, with such remarkable potential for economic development, we hope to leverage this event to learn about the latest trends in digital innovation across the world,” he said.
The Executive Chairman expressed hope that the meeting would connect innovators in the digital space, including start-ups and SMEs, to share knowledge about the latest digital trends in the world.
“We perceive the World Summit Awards as a very important platform that can be leveraged by our local tech-entrepreneurs and technology experts to improve their diverse sector,” he said.