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Reflex Eco Group – Ghana News

by Cephas Larbi (Local Journalist)

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Mr. Paul Victor Obeng, Chairman of National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has called on African leaders to raise sufficient resources to put up modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure for citizens to realize their potentials and improve sustainable livelihood.

However, he said, in as much as there is the need to expand broadband services, the consequences of cyber security must not be taken for granted.

Mr. Obeng who made this known at a Regional Development Forum and Regional Preparatory meeting in Accra said given that ICT has become a dynamic tool for stimulating economic growth, African governments must champion development of infrastructure and make its user friendly.

He urged African leaders to place people at the centre of learning ICT to enhance sustainable development and improve quality of lives on the continent, adding that development without people at the centre is an aberration.

Mr. Obeng said governments could translate textbooks into ICT compatible for use at all levels of the educational ladder, and introduce ICT at early stages for children.

Mr Braimah Sanou, Director, Telecommunications Development Bureau, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) said countries must develop local content to suit the aspirations of respective environments.

He said “this would ensure proper applications of ICT in financial institutions, education, healthcare delivery, transportation, agriculture and other sectors of the economy”.

Mr Sanou said ICT must be defined in a way to stimulate social and economic improvement of the people and to make equal opportunity and access a guiding principle.

The conference, which was on the theme “ICT for development and empowerment of Africa,” gave stakeholders an opportunity to share knowledge and experience on ways of enhancing Broadband sustainability, Broadband Applications for Development Empowerment and create a safer cyberspace.