Ghana Observes 2018 World Telecoms Day

A symposium has been held as part of activities to observe World Telecommunication and Information Society day by the Ministry of Communications in collaboration with the National Communications Authority (NCA) in Accra on the theme “Artificial Intelligence for social good”. Other activities for the celebration were a flag raising event and opening ceremony.
The objective of the symposium was to create awareness amongst all sectors to embrace and fully leverage the potential of Artificial Intelligence for all, especially, in addressing sustainable development challenges.
The keynote speaker, Hon George Andah, Deputy Minister for Communications who represented the Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said the World has and continue to experience tremendous advancement in Technology in recent years. Big data, Storage capacity and Internet of Things (IOT) are a few examples of such Technology.
These developments in the ICT industry have enabled significant progress of Artificial Intelligence (AI). The Technology of AI has been successfully applied to societal problems and it has great potential to promote social growth in the future, he added. According to him, there are countless number of ways that AI can be tailored for social good for people. These include the insulation of smart traffic lights to ensure proper traffic management; it can also be used to assist in administrative activities like marking assignments in the education system. He thus, implored all to consider the adoption of AI for localized solutions to the problems facing society.
The Director General of NCA, Mr Joe Anokye welcomed all participants to the symposium and said lives will be greatly enhanced when the full potential of AI was cautiously deployed towards meeting the challenges of the society. He assured that the NCA was leaving no stone unturned at ensuring that voice and data are available to the people and also ensure that cyber space is greatly secured to protect citizens from cyber criminals as they access the technology.
The board Chairman of NCA, Mr. Kwaku Sakyi –Addo read an address on behalf of the Secretary General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Mr. Houlin Zhao. He said, AI has taken centre stage with much impact on the lives of people. The ITU in its role as the specialized UN agency for IT services and Technologies wishes to work with academia, researchers, industries, administrators, Governments and other stakeholders to facilitate the AI development to bring the benefits to all.