Sunday, 19 November 2017
Broadband Ghana Forum slated for November 30

Broadband Ghana Forum slated for November 30

By John Elliot HAGAN, Accra
The Broadband Communications Chamber (BBCC), under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications, has announced the inaugural Broadband Ghana Forum (BBGHF), to be held on November 30, 2017.

The one-day event aims at initiating a public dialogue on how to revamp Ghana's five-year-old broadband policy and to give proper direction to the digital agenda.
The chamber believes that Ghana's current 2012 Broadband Policy and implementation strategy has lost the fundamentals in turbo charging Ghana's socioeconomic future.
At a press conference in Accra yesterday ahead of the forum, Elorm Gustav Tamakloe, Chief Executive Officer of BBCC, stressed that the 2012 policy has lost the ability to meet the national broadband need and has also not been able to deliver fast and affordable broadband for Ghana, hence the need to take stock of it.
Issues to be discussed at the forum, he hinted, will include challenges and barriers to creating a fully digitally enabled Ghana and the model that are proving successful elsewhere in the developing world.
Also to be discussed at the forum, he said, will be how communities can engage in the decision-making process on the latest and emerging technologies for connecting people in rural and remote areas.
The chamber, after the forum, he noted, plans to present recommendations in guidelines and modalities for the complete review and update of the existing policy, taking into consideration new entrants and technologies in the broadband industry.
He recalled that the United Nations (UN) Broadband Commission, last year, in a report issued a challenge to policymakers, the private sector and other partners to make deployment of broadband infrastructure a top priority in their strategies to accelerate global development and progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
He continued that, according to the report, broadband today is driving significant transformation in lots of sectors that are related to development, such as health, food security, financial inclusion and education.
"It is therefore an undeniable that broadband is playing, and will continue to play, a key role in achieving the UN's SDGs", he noted.
Themed ‘Broadband: The catalyst for sustainable socio-economic development’, the event is expected to attract heavyweights in the broadband industry.
The BBCC was established to be an advocacy and lobbying group for development and expansion of the broadband industry in line with the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and the Government of Ghana's strategy of rapid broadband penetration and development, particularly in underserved and unserved areas.


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