Ghana Grabs ITU Prestigious Award
TheChronicle.com.gh - Jun 13th 2014, 09:50
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has honoured Ghana for bridging the communication gap in rural communities in the country.
The substantial rise in telephone subscription in Ghana, from 947,320 for mobile and 6,884 payphones to 28,615,445 between 2003 and 2014, coupled with pragmatic programmes by successive governments, are some of the factors leading to this success.
The last community to benefit from Ghana’s rural telephony project is Tuluwe in the Northern Region, about two weeks ago.
The ITU’s WSIS Project Prize 2014 Award in Rural Telephony Ghana was presented to Ghana at a high level event taking place in Geneva, Switzerland 10 – 13 June.
The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs.
Receiving the award, Ghana’s Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, who is leading Ghanaian delegation to the summit, said despite the success, “We still have hurdles to surmount.
“The WSIS Project Prize 2014 Award to Ghana in Rural Telephony is a manifestation of what a country can achieve when successive governments ensure continuity in development. Ghana remains committed to the Geneva Plan of Action and the Principles for building an inclusive Information Society.”
Ghana regards the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society as a valuable reaffirmation of the global commitment for bridging the digital divide, on Internet governance and related issues.
"The challenge, therefore, confronting us is to ensure that everybody benefits from the opportunities ICTs can offer," Dr. Omane Boamah said.From TheChronicle.com.gh
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