Finland Ambassador to Ghana calls on Minister for Communications and Digitalisation

The Finland Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Dr. Jyrki Pulkkinen, on Monday 17th May 2021, paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Communications and Digitalisation (MoCD), Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) at her office in Accra.

The visit was to touch base with the Minister as the acting chair of the Freedom Online Coalition (FoC) event for this year. Finland is a joint organiser of the FoC as well as the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ghana.

In his introductory remarks, H.E. Dr. Jyrki Pulkkinen indicated that the focus of the FoC will be digital inclusion. “We are going to build on the success of Ghana’s past term as the chair of the coalition for 2020.

The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful on her part expressed satisfaction about the upcoming FoC adding that the conference will help build on the progress made so far in terms of Cyber Security.

She noted that plans were underway to bridge the digital gender divide stressing, more attention is now being given to reduce the coverage gap and to extend connectivity to all parts of the country.

“We are working on improving access to connectivity across the country with our rural telephony and Digital inclusion project which will see the construction of 2016 solar powered cell sites in unserved and underserved rural communities in recognition of the fact that we cannot leave anyone behind” she emphasized.

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful noted that robotics, connected IOT devices, machine learning, AI, telemedicine, e learning or blended learning, autonomous devices etc all present challenges and opportunities. We are working on it with the Ministry of Education and GES.

In attendance were the Chief Director of the Ministry, Mrs Magdalene Apentng; Deputy Minister Designate, Ms Ama Pomaa Boateng; Mr Olu Raheem, Trade Commissioner Business Finland Nigeria; staff of MoCD and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.