Ghana 'must embrace ICT in order to grow'
18 August 2010
Information and communication technology (ICT) plays an important role in the future economic growth of Ghana.
This is according to President John Evans Atta Mills, whose speech was read by communications minister Haruna Iddrisu yesterday (August 18th), Ghana Web reports.
The minister addressed the matter at the Fifth African Regional Conference on Rural Communications and expressed the president's commitment to developing the country's ICT infrastructure.
He explained this is particularly important in rural areas and said communities need access to this technology.
James Victor Gbeho, president of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), also spoke of the matter and stated: "The high level of illiteracy and innumeracy in the region is even more accentuated in the rural areas, thus depriving the industry of readily available local skills."
Ecowas was founded in 1975 and contains 15 member states that aim to promote economic integration in the continent through a range of sectors, including telecommunications.