Ghana Seeks to be Elected ITU Council Member

The 2018 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Africa Regional Development Forum ended in Accra on Friday 20th July, 2018 with a call on the ITU Africa member countries to support Ghana’s quest to be elected to the ITU Council.
Under the theme “ICT 4SDGs: Towards the implementation of WTD17 Outcomes,” the forum was attended by representatives from academia, private sector and state institutions from all over Africa.
A Deputy Minister for Communications, Mr. George Nenyi Andah said Ghana would organize a workshop made up of all stakeholders, including the government, regulator, the private sector and academia to critically review the various projects looked at at the Forum and determine how to adopt and implement them as Ghana continues its digital agenda towards the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“We agreed as a Region to pursue a common agenda and in that light, I wish to urge all to provide support to each other and ensure best practices for Africa to have a strong front,” Mr. Andah added.
Mr. Andah called on member countries to step up efforts to implement the Regional Initiatives discussed at the programme to deepen Information Communication Technology (ICT) penetration in their respective countries.
The Initiatives include building digital economies and fostering innovation, promoting emerging broadband technologies, building trust and security in the use of telecommunications and ICT, strengthening human and institutional capacity-building as well as  managing and monitoring  the radio-frequency spectrum and transition to digital broadcasting.
Breakup sessions organized provided an avenue for Regional organizations from the ITU Africa member countries to focus on the Regional Initiatives and share their perspectives and best practices in the technology sector as it pertains to their respective countries.
Speaking to reporters after the closing ceremony, the Regional Director for the ITU Regional Office for Africa Telecommunication Development Bureau, Mr. Andrew Rugege said that member countries have up to 2021 to implement the Regional Initiatives.
Mr. Rugege said the ITU Africa Region had received $2 million to provide member countries with technical support to implement the Regional Initiatives, which were country specific, indicating that the cost of implementing the Initiative was the responsibility of each member country.
Mr. Rugege entreated the ITU Africa member countries to step up efforts to deploy 5G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology in their various countries.