Local innovation critical to contribution of digital economy to GDP growth – Ursula

The Government of Ghana has begun a National Stakeholder Consultation to Review the Ghana Digital Economy Policy.

The policy seeks to address opportunities and set the direction for the evolving digital economy following developments since the ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) policy was adopted in 2003. It identifies key priorities as pillars upon which digital economy capabilities can be built on a national level to enable inclusive economic growth. The policy addresses Digital Infrastructure, Data-driven Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Data Protection, User Privacy, Cybersecurity, Digital literacy, and skills.

The strategy further addresses these capabilities to target sectors where digital technologies are most likely to have significant impact in delivering on national priorities, including sustainable job creation and accelerated economic growth.

Over the last few decades, the policy and infrastructure-related reforms, with telecom services as the main driver, unlocked economic pathways leveraging the mobile phone as a tool for connectivity, information services, and digital financial services.

“These developments have led to the advancement of a local tech entrepreneurial ecosystem, related skills development, digital government platforms and the explosion of data and other emerging technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Data Analytics, IoT, Blockchain metaverse and quantum computing,” Communications and Digitalisation Minister Mrs. Ursual Owusu-Ekuful stated during the stakeholder consultation forum at the Accra Digital Centre.