Government makes giant strides in ICT growth
Mr Haruna Iddrisu, Minister for Communication says government has made giant strides in transforming the country into a modern information-rich and knowledge based society in terms of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) development.
He said the benefits of ICT can be applied to facilitate socio-economic development to bring enormous benefits to Ghanaians, Government therefore, remains committed to promote digital literacy in the country to ensure that the people reap full benefits of ICT usage.
Mr Iddrisu made the observation in Accra when the Ministry Communication took its turn at the Meet-the-Press series organised by the Ministry of Information to enables ministries and other public agencies to inform the public on the strides made in governance.
According to him, the mandate of the Ministry is to build a people centred, inclusive and development-oriented information and knowledge society where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge to enable individuals and communities achieve their full potential of promoting sustainable development.
Mr Iddrisu said the communication sector this year witnessed significant growth and transformation, which also expanded in scope as well as technological advancement.
This is recognised by the International Telecommunication Union where the country has been touted as one of the fastest growing ICT industry in the developing world.
Mr Iddrisu said within the framework of government’s development agenda to provide transparent and accountable governance, strong economy for real jobs, investing in people and expanding infrastructure for growth, the Ministry is situating ICT as prime enabler and facilitator to provide the necessary tools for good governance.
He noted that the telecommunication sector also continue to experience tremendous growth as a result of investments in infrastructure development and favourable regulatory and legal environment.
By the end of July, this year, the total telephone subscriptions stood at 19,805,896 yielding a tele-density of 80.2 per cent.
Mr Iddrisu said growth in tele-density has necessitated the intensification of monitoring of quality of service performance in call set up time, call congestion rate and call drop rate indicators.