Ministry of Communications Organizes Validation Workshop on Ghana’s Draft Agenda for National Strategy on Smart Cities Development

The Ministry of Communications in collaboration with Smart Africa Alliance has organized a validation workshop to produce a document on Ghana’s agenda for a national strategy on development smart cities.

The workshop which brought together representatives from 30 government institutions who are contributing vital data to the strategy, started on Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at the Holiday Inn, in Accra, will end on Wednesday 4th March 2020.

Smart Africa Alliance is a framework for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the SMART Africa Manifesto ratified by African countries in 2014 aimed at transforming African cities into smart and sustainable cities by taking advantage of opportunities offered by technology to better manage African cities and meet the challenges of exponential urbanization.

The Alliance is a partnership bringing together all African countries adhering to the Manifesto represented by the Africa Union, the International Telecommunications Union, World Bank, African Development Bank, Economic Commission for Africa, the GSMA, ICANN and the Private Sector.

The Minister for Communications, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, in a speech read on her behalf by Mr. George Andah (MP), the Deputy Minister for Communications, at the opening of the validation workshop, encouraged institutions which had provided initial responses to a survey conducted by Smart Africa to continue in their commitment to support the Ministry to develop Ghana’s document on the Agenda for the National Strategy on Smart Cities. This she said was required of all Smart Cities Alliance members.

The Minister highlighted the similarities in Ghana’s Digital Agenda and objectives of Smart Africa Alliance and said Ghana’s association with the Alliance would bring about massive transformation of Ghana’s social and economic space. This she said will be done through technology and broadband development which will lead to the implementation of pragmatic solutions to ensure the efficient and accessible delivery of public service such as the already implemented Paperless Port System, National Digital Property Addressing System (NDPAS), National Identification System, the integrated e-immigration system and the Mobile Money Interoperability platform.

In addition, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful’s emphasized the determination of H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to facilitate the provision of an active platform to secure Ghana's digital journey through the support of such projects which will contribute to the achievement of the Ghana Digital Agenda and Ghana Beyond Aid.

A Representative from Smart Africa Alliance, Mr. Ralph Oyini Mbouna in his presentation said that the aim of the Smart Africa Agenda was to utilise the opportunities provided by digital technology to manage cities in the continent.