The Government has stated that in bridging the digital divide and fast-tracking digitalization in the country, four regional digital centres would be upgraded.

According to the government, the move is part of its priority to facilitate investment and development of communication infrastructure including integration and leveraging of data systems and platforms.

“Mr. Speaker, the Government will fast-track efforts to upgrade the Kumasi, Tamale, Sunyani and Sekondi-Takoradi Regional Innovation Centre to Digital Centres. This upgrade is to facilitate the building of ICT capacity, provide support to start-ups to boost job creation and enhance the drive for knowledge-led socio-economic growth,” the Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta disclosed when presenting the 2022 Budget to Parliament.

He continued that “Our plan to establish a comprehensive Government-wide database and register, as a reference platform and Management System for all Government digital assets, was set in motion with stakeholder engagements. We are currently awaiting the outcome of the preliminary assessment to inform the next steps.”

He said the National Identification Authority has issued unique identification cards to over  11.6million Ghanaians adding that the second phase of the National Digital Property Addressing System, as well as the establishment of a national digital property register, are complete.

“Government is working towards enhancing the capacity of key institutions and strengthening coordination with the private sector for improved service delivery, business expansion and economic transformation. This is consistent with the vision of the President to bridge the digital divide and make technology a driver of our socio-economic progress.

“Mr. Speaker, with the expansion of digital financial platforms, including mobile money and its interoperability with the banking system, we are increasing financial inclusion. We are also in the process of digitising the health records of Ghanaians and creating a national digital platform for the sale of pharmaceutical products to improve the efficiency of our healthcare.”

Source: Ghana/ Dzidzoamenu