International Telecommunication and Information Society Day Observed In Ghana

Ghana joined the rest of the world to observe World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on 17th May which is celebrated annually. This year’s event was organized at the premise of the National Communications Authority (NCA) with a symposium on the theme “Big Data Big Impact”. The purpose of the celebration is to mark the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865. Hon. George Andah a Deputy Minister of Communications in his address said Government is empowering young people to develop ICT tools that will improve the experience of health and effective framework to protect the use of private data, intellectual property as well as to deter online criminal activities. He noted that everything that happens in the world is driven by technology therefore ICT has become a tool that we cannot do without. He however cautioned the public to be security conscious in order not to expose their entire behavior online.

The Board Chairman of NCA, Mr. Kwaku Sakyi-Addo delivering a speech on behalf of the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Mr. Houlin Zhao.

In his speech he said the theme was to examine the opportunity to explore power of big data for development. The insight from this analysis of data will however enable evidence based on decision making at regional, national and international levels and help the implementation of all seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for 2030.

He mentioned that countless opportunities will be identified as we learn to harness big data and understand the impact big data can have globally. He expressed his commitment to work to move the Communications industry forward.