Embrace technology in all facets of economy – Gov’t told

CEO of MOBEX Africa George Spencer Quaye

The economy’s transformation depends largely on government embracing technology and viewing it as the panacea to challenges confronting the country, said CEO of MOBEX Africa George Spencer Quaye.

“We believe that if we have to be a successful and a prosperous nation, one of the most critical things to do right now is digitally transform the economy,” he told B&FT in an interview during this year’s Africa Mobile & ICT Expo (Mobex 2017).

“You cannot industralise without technology; you cannot produce goods without technology; so, the most critical thing for us to appreciate now is the discussion on technology and how we can use that tool to transform the economy.”

In spite of several government policies on technology, Mr. Quaye underscored the need for commitment, support and investments for the budding tech community.

Mr. Quaye also explained that MOBEX aims to drive technology to a level that it is accepted by all and sundry, so that when someone has a problem the first thing they think about should be technology – hence the theme chosen for this year: ‘Digital Possibilities – Think, Build, Sell’.

Furthermore, he indicated that in as much as many Ghanaians are providing solutions through technology, commercialisation remains a key problem.

“We have assembled a great team of achievers to speak to the issue of how we can successfully commercialise our innovations, solutions, services and products as well; so, that is the focus of Mobex 2017.”

The Africa Mobile & ICT Expo is an assemblage of captains of industry, investors and enthusiasts of the ICT industry, as well as all things and everything technology. Mobile technology lovers, students and professionals, device manufacturers, telcos, regulators and policymakers converged in Accra for 3 days of conferences, seminars, product and app launches, and discounted products-exhibition by over 100 brands.

Government is already playing a pivotal role in the development of a robust framework to support the digitisation of the economy in a manner that captures and benefits every citizen.

The Ministry of Communications is embarking on what it calls the Digital Ghana Agenda to cover as much of the digitally deprived communities and persons as possible.

The President on Wednesday, October 18 launched the National Digital Property Addressing System, which will provide every Ghanaian with a unique permanent digital address linked to postcodes.

By: Eugene Davis | thebftonline.com | Ghana