MINISTER FOR Communication and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has urged Ghanaians especially the youth, to embrace opportunities available in the digital economy and come out with innovations that are relevant for economic growth.
She said for any meaningful development to occur in the country, there should be ICT to enable it thrive
The sector minister said this when she addressed participants at the maiden edition of the Huawei Job fair held in Accra yesterday.
She said “This calls for motivating and inspiring our young people to embrace ICT education, equipping them with the digital skills they need to thrive in the 21st century, and employment creation through direct jobs and entrepreneurship, and also providing them with industry ready skills and tools that various companies need in their daily operations.”
She said ICT has enormous benefits that does not only increase productivity and efficiency but also promotes transparency and help reduce corruption both in the private and public sector.
That, she stated, has propelled government to create sustainable foundation for a digital economy.
“The government is ready to partner with global ICT organisations like Huawei and local private organisations like yours, to encourage and engage local expertise just as we have been doing. It will enable us grow our economy, promote transparency and fight corruption, increase efficiency and productivity,” she said.
Deputy Minister for Employment and Labour Relations, Bright Wireko-Brobbey, on his part, said the increasing demand and use of technology to facilitate work and production, as well as improve service delivery, has become a major priority in employment decisions by organisations in recent times.
“The influx of digital technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence, or machine learning, internet of things and fifth generation (5D) devices are transforming the way we do things. As a government, we are very keen on providing employment opportunities for the youth while equipping them with requisites skills to enable them start their own businesses,” he emphasised.
About 250 graduates from various tertiary institutions who participated in the fair.
BY Ebenezer Amponsah