The crème de la crème of the Telecom and ICT industry converged at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra for the 11th edition of the Ghana Information Technology and Telecom Awards (GITTA) last Friday 29, October 2021.
Leading ICT organisations and professions were honoured for their contributions to driving digital excellence in Ghana.
The event was themed ‘Rewarding and Promoting Excellence in Digital Innovation’, and recognised digitisation across all sectors: including the Public Sector, Banking, Telecoms, ICT, Fintech, Manufacturing, Agriculture, Health and all other sectors involved in digitisation.
Speaking at the event, the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful – who was honoured with the Digital Leader of the Year award for her outstanding contribution to Ghana’s digital transformation, emphasised government’s resolve to provide the necessary basic infrastructure; a conducive legal and regulatory environment; and build capacity to improve adoption and use of ICT in order to engender digital innovation as a means of leapfrogging the developmental process.
She lauded InstinctWave, Organizer of GITTA, for a great job in honouring organisations and individuals in the Telecom & ICT space within Ghana and beyond for over a decade. She also commended industry players for their enormous contribution to the economy, and assured them of creating an enabling environment for digital growth.
The Chief Executive Officer for InstinctWave, Mr. Akin Naphtal, appreciated industry players for their role in driving digitalisation: “COVID-19 has shown us that after God comes technology, hence the need to celebrate industry players and organisations which are driving the digital agenda”.
The CEO of mobile telecommunications giant MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh, was adjudged Telecom CEO of the Year, while the organisation won seven other awards including: Customer Experience of the Year, Network Operations Team of the Year, Customer Service Team of the Year, Mobile Data Service Provider of the Year, Excellence in Social Investment and the Mobile Money Leadership Award – while the company’s Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Thomas Motlepa, won the CTO of the Year award.
Zenith Bank Ghana took home the Best Bank for Financial Inclusion award while ABSA Bank received the Best ATM and Kiosk Implementation award, Standard Chartered Bank retained its award for the Best Mobile Banking App of the Year after winning the same award in 2020.
CEO for Vodafone Ghana, Patricia Obo-Nai, was named Industry Personality of the Year while her company received four other awards: including Telecom Business Service Provider of the Year, Unified Communications Provider of the Year, Innovative Product of the Year, and Digital Transformation Team of the Year.
The Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems (GhIPSS), a subsidiary of the Bank of Ghana, won the Payments System Innovation of the Year award while its CEO, Mr Archie Hesse, was bequeathed with the Payment Industry Personality of the Year.
CEO for the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), Mr. Kwasi Agyemang Busia, was awarded the Public Sector IT Leadership award, and the DVLA took home the Best Use of ICT in Driving Efficiency award.