MTN-Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation partner to create over 100,000 jobs through the Ghana ICT Hub

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MTN Ghana held a digital mowing event to announce the construction of the Ghana ICT Hub project. The initiative aligns with MTN’s Ambition 2025 strategy, which focuses on key digital solutions for Africa’s progress and its commitment to supporting Ghana’s digital agenda.

It’s about creating jobs for young people. Ghana ICT Hub is a physical infrastructure designed to provide 4,000 square meters of space with unique support structures and functions. It will be the first of its kind in the West African sub-region and aim to train more than 200,000 people in ICT skills and create more than 100,000 jobs in the first three years after its completion.

Additionally, it will provide office and meeting space to over 100 startups and tech companies to serve as a catalyst for Ghana’s digitization agenda. Completion of the investment is expected in approximately 18 months from the commencement of work.

Ghana ICT Hub is part of the broader Ghana Innovation Hub project, which also includes the Accra Innovation City project and the Ghana Education Platform project. Upon completion, the Ghana ICT Hub will become a hub for ICT human capital and skills development, accelerate Ghana’s ICT ecosystem and facilitate job creation, and continue to set the pace for ICT infrastructure and telecommunications development.

At the digital groundbreaking, MTN Ghana CEO Dr. Ishmael Yamson underlined the crucial role that digital innovation and telecommunications play in today’s world. He commended MTN for the key role they have played in Ghana’s socio-economic development. He also called on other stakeholders to work together to help build Ghana.

For his part, Selorm Adadevoh, CEO of MTN Ghana, said that the establishment of the Ghana ICT Hub will make Ghana the ICT leader in West Africa through innovation and digital capabilities.

“Over the past 25 years, MTN has been at the forefront of accelerating socio-economic growth. Critical to us has been the promotion of ICT and digital skills training and development across the country.

“The Ghana ICT Hub aims to develop an ICT ecosystem in the areas of Health, Agriculture and Education through on-site and remote access delivery to facilitate skills development and job creation for the youth in Ghana. Our investment in the Ghana ICT Hub among other ground-breaking digital and ICT focused initiatives and interventions goes to show that MTN is at the heart of accelerating national development and socio-economic development,” he added.

The Minister of Communications and Digitization, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, expressed her gratitude to the management of MTN Group and MTN Ghana for working with the government on the digitization program.

“The decision by MTN to build an ICT hub in Ghana as part of its 25th anniversary to support Ghana in realizing its digital agenda is very commendable. MTN’s commitment to be at the frontier of championing digital innovation in Ghana is worthy of emulation. The establishment of the Ghana ICT Hub will facilitate the paradigm shift needed to accelerate Ghana’s progress with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.”

The Ghana ICT Hub will have the following facilities:

  • Laboratories for Technology training and research, Innovation Hub
  • Co-working spaces for tech innovation start-ups
  • Tier 3 Data center
  • Conferencing facilities, Offices and meeting rooms, Commercial lettable spaces
  • Gaming Area, Restaurant and Ancillary facilities

The Technology laboratories will be fitted with next generation ICT equipment and applications to provide the youth of Ghana with practical training in Industry 4.0 technologies such as:

  • Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning,
  •  Cloud Computing ,3D Printing.
  • Robotics, Internet of things (IoT)
  • Advanced Manufacturing Techniques
  • Cyber security and Genetic Engineering

The event brought together government officials including Minister for Communications and Digitization, Hon. Ursula Owusu, CEO of Accra Digital Center, Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, South African High Commissioner for Ghana, H.E Grace Mason, Minister for Labor and Housing, the Hon. Francis Asenso-Boakye MP for Okaikwei South, the Hon.Dakoa Newman, Chairman of the Board of National Communications Authority Isaac Emil Osei-Bonsu Esq., CEO of National Information Technology Agency (NITA), Richard Okyere Ofosu and Board Members of Ghana Digital Centers Limited, as well as a cross-section of MTN executives and staff, media and other interested parties parties.

Source: Ghanatodayonline.com

 

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