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Blocking of Prank Calls to 112

Press Release

 

As the country intensifies its effort to reduce the spread of COVID – 19 and to improve Ghana’s emergency response rate, the emergency number 112 has been set up to facilitate assistance to all in need.

 

Access to this line is however being hampered by the incessant prank calling of some unscrupulous callers. Currently, Prank calls to the emergency number cover more than 95% of the call traffic.
 

Sensitization on the implementation of Right to Information Act.

The Ministry of Information on 9th March, 2020, trained Management, Heads of Agencies, Schedule Officers and Front Desk personnel of the Ministry of Communications (MoC) on the provisions of the Right to Information Act, which was passed on 26th March, 2019.  The training took place at the Conference room of the MoC.

The Right to Information (RTI) Act facilitates citizens’ access to information from State Institutions. The Law prescribes the processing of requests in a timely manner.

Ministry of Communications Organizes Validation Workshop on Ghana’s Draft Agenda for National Strategy on Smart Cities Development

The Ministry of Communications in collaboration with Smart Africa Alliance has organized a validation workshop to produce a document on Ghana’s agenda for a national strategy on development smart cities.

The workshop which brought together representatives from 30 government institutions who are contributing vital data to the strategy, started on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Holiday Inn, in Accra, will end on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful meets Russian officials in Moscow on final leg of Special Envoy Tour

The Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), reiterated the importance of knowledge sharing in the Intellectual Property space. She said this at two separate meetings with top Russian government officials to whip up support for Ghana’s candidate for the upcoming WIPO elections.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful used Ghana’s historic relationship with Russia to appeal for Russia’s support for Africa to have a voice on the global intellectual property platform.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), has met with Netherland’s Vice Minister for International Cooperation

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), Minister for Communications has met with Netherland’s Vice Minister for International Cooperation, Md. Kitty Van de Heijden in the Hague on Monday, 24th February, 2020 as the President’s Special Envoy to discuss the Candidacy of Ghana’s Dr.

Dr. Edward Kwakwa joins Minister for Communications, on second leg of special envoy tour in Paris

The Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful in her meeting with the French delegation in Paris stressed on the long standing relationship between Ghana and France to hopefully serve as a basis for France supporting Ghana’s Candidate for the position of Director General of WIPO. She also spoke of the impact the Late Kofi Annan as an exemplary Ghanaian had brought to the United Nations and the world at large and expressed the hope that France would support Dr. Kwakwa to bring the same to WIPO and its constituents as well.

Africa Safer Internet Day Celebration

“It’s Incumbent on All Parents to Educate Themselves on Technology So That They Can Teach Their Children”

This was said by the Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) at the Africa Safer Internet Day Celebration 2020, held at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Hall in Dansoman. The event was organised by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in collaboration with UNICEF Ghana.

Minister for Communications, invited to join Membership of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development

The Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, (MP) has been invited by the ITU to become a member of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, a joint initiative of ITU and the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to promote the deployment and use of broadband networks and services to the benefit of communities and end-users.

Africa Safer Internet Day

The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) on 8th February, 2020 organised a float as part of the Africa Safer Internet day celebration. Over 500 pupils from Basic schools within the Dansoman Community participated in the community walk as part of the celebration.

The event dubbed “Together for a Better Internet” was aimed at creating Cyber Security awareness and to promote safe and responsible use of the internet especially amongst children and young people.

Minister for Communications, launches 2020 Freedom Online Conference

On Thursday, 6th February, 2020, the 8th Freedom Online Conference commenced at the Kofi Annan Peace Keeping Center, Teshie, Accra, under the theme: ‘Achieving A Common Vision Internet Freedom.’ The event will be ongoing from the 6th to 7th February, 2020. The event was the first to be held in the West African Sub-Saharan region.

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