Digital innovation is the best strategy to fight corruption in Ghana, says US ambassador

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The United States Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Virginia Palmer, says digital innovation has played a pivotal role in improving Ghana’s fiscal governance.

According to the Ambassador, Ghana’s recent digitalization drive has helped create a cashless system, thereby reducing corruption and revenue leakages across all sectors of the economy.

She stated this on the first day of the 12th edition of the Tech in Ghana conference held at the Accra Digital Centre.

“The Ghana Electricity Company’s digitalization drive is helping to create a cashless payment system that reduces revenue leakage and theft. In March, ECG announced that it had increased its monthly revenue by 25% following a huge boom in Ghana’s economy,” she said.

She revealed that the United States was preparing to partner with Ghana to support the development of its digital economy and infrastructure, citing that “the ability to harness technology will remain a key driver of individual, business and societal transformation in the years to come “.

She commended the Ghanaian government for establishing itself as a hub in Africa for artificial intelligence (AI) and Fintech.

Speaking at the Tech in Ghana 2023 conference with the theme: “Collaboration, Community and Capital”, Madam Palmer implored local technology entrepreneurs to be punctual in their service delivery as this is essential to ensure that Ghana continues to attract the next wave of investment and reinvestment.

Tech in Ghana is a leading Anglo-Ghanaian platform dedicated to strengthening and showcasing Ghana’s thriving technology ecosystem, both locally and globally.

Since its launch in 2017, it has benefited from the active participation of several multinational companies, policymakers, investors, fast-growing scale-ups and founders from the region.

Held twice a year, in London and Accra, Tech in Ghana provides its burgeoning technology industry with a valuable way to come together, engage in global knowledge exchange, network with industry peers and highlight innovation.

Communication expert and Founder of Tech in Ghana, Akosua Annobil, speaking to the press, mentioned that the conference theme “Collaboration, Community and Capital” was going in the right direction, as building relationships and Alliances were the foundation of any successful business.

She added that her company wanted to provide the ecosystem with the space to have meaningful discussions that would evolve the tech industry both locally and globally.

She stressed the importance of creating an enabling environment for the development of technology, applauding the government’s efforts with emphasis on the Bank of Ghana’s soundbox initiative and the ECG cashless system.

She said as long as there was a willingness to share, learn and create relationships, technology would have huge potential in Ghana.

Prior to the event, a media launch was organized at the British High Commissioner’s residence to publicize the event.

The British Deputy High Commissioner to Ghana, Keith McMahon, said in a media interview that if Ghana’s technology ecosystem continues to grow at a steady pace, it will receive a lot of foreign investment and become a powerful technology powerhouse in Africa.

He said the Ghanaian government had seen the potential in the technology and was making significant strides to adopt it by creating space and legislation to make the practice seamless for many businesses and startups in the country.

He called on the government to create an enabling environment in which technology activities and investments can flourish stably.

Speaking to the media, Executive Assistant to the Telecel Group Board of Directors, Eleanor Azar, said her team was on board for the tech event because of the abundance of tech talent in Ghana and she hopes to connect and give more opportunities to startups in the country. the country.

Blue Crest University College Head of Department Vivekananth Padmanabhan highlighted the relevance of technology in the mining sector at the launch.

He said Accra was in a position to leverage robotics technology to move forward.

Mr. Vivekananth said the competition would serve as a learning curve by providing opportunities to students who want to take up robotics.

He said the conference would serve as a learning platform and showcase Ghana’s technology space to the world.

Students and representatives from the African Academy of Sciences, Blue Crest University College and the University of Energy and Natural Resources delivered presentations demonstrating the vibrant pipeline of young talents emerging from Ghana’s educational institutions .

The highlight of the conference was the Kumasi Takeover, which showcased founders and startups of technology companies from the Ashanti region, including Dext Technology, Incas Diagnostics, DefcanTalk and Farmerline.

Tech in Ghana empowers the country’s entrepreneurs to make a significant impact on the global tech scene, while receiving the essential support and recognition they deserve along their journey.

Topics covered included FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech, ClimateTech, Gig Economy, Gaming, Policy, Investment, Entertainment, EdTech and many more.

The conference brought together an impressive number of speakers, including representatives from the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization, the International Trade Centre, Farmerline, the British High Commission in Accra, the United States Embassy, Telecel Group, TapTap Send, MTN, GSMA, ECG, Tony Blair Institute and Yellowcard. , Blu Penguin, Global Cyber ​​Expertise Forum, Konzoom, Kola Market, Cointelegraph, Menufinder Africa, Pulse, Google Developers Group, Nubian VR and many more.

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