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.

The event was attended by participants and representatives from across the globe and Ambassadorial representation were present from Germany, Netherlands, Nigeria, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire, Denmark, amongst others.

The Conference aims to ensure the protection of the fundamental human rights and freedoms of global citizens on the cyber ecosystem. As part of the conference engagements, participants had the opportunity to renew their individual and collective commitments towards a rights-respecting framework that will not only preserve but also enhance their online freedoms.

Delivering a keynote address at the opening session of the Conference, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), emphasized the opportunities that the internet provides to all users especially for the unserved and underserved communities. She went on to advised citizens to respect, protect and promote fundamental human rights and the freedoms of persons online.

She further stated that, last year, Ghana’s right to information bill was passed for transparency and accountability and that Ghana should take the works of the UN human rights seriously. Access to the internet according to her, is an important tool for the world as it impacts citizens of the country in a positive way.

The National Cybersecurity Advisor, Dr. Albert Antwi- Boasiako, explained that Ghana was selected to head the Coalition under the leadership of the Hon Minister for Communications. He went on to speak on the various engagements between the National Cyber Security Center and Freedom Online Coalition Members through diplomatic coordination, productions of joint statements, dialogue with civil society organizations, informal and bilateral meetings and dialogue-based conferences and workshops to mention a few.