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Ghana and Denmark take next step in partnership on technology and digitalization

18.12.2019  09:43

The Danish Tech Ambassador, Casper Klynge, visited Accra together with Deputy, Mikael Ekman, with the aim of strengthening cooperation between Denmark and Ghana within digitalization and emerging technologies.

 

During the visit, the Tech Ambassador met with key stakeholders from the tech scene including the Minister for Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, and National Cyber Security Advisor, Dr.  Albert Antwi-Boasiako, to discuss ways for Denmark and Ghana to work together to unleash the massive opportunities that technology brings for economic growth, entrepreneurship and good governance. He also paid a courtesy call at the Vice President’s Office, where he met with the Head of Delivery Unit, Prof. Kwaku Appiah-Adu to discuss Ghana’s digitalisation agenda.
 
Ghana and Denmark: Natural partners in the digital era
Already working together on areas such as digitalization of the public sector, cooperation on data and statistical services as well as transparency efforts, Ghana and Denmark are natural partners when it comes to digitalization. The Tech Ambassador expressed his perception:

In the 21st Century, digitalization and technology is of paramount importance to virtually all societies around the world. Whether you live in Ghana or Denmark, the Fourth Industrial Revolution will transform all sectors, labor markets and everyday lives in ways we cannot fully predict. But equally if we zoom out to the international level, technology is rapidly becoming a defining factor that will shape the global balance-of-power in many years to come. That’s why Denmark has elevated technology to a foreign policy priority. We need to form alliances that are fit for the digital age”.  

In his keynote at the Ghana Tech Summit in Accra on December 13th, Casper Klynge gave an introduction to the work of the world’s first Tech Ambassador and stressed the need for collaboration amongst countries and key stakeholders in using technology responsibly

 

Bridging the digital divide
The Danish Embassy in Accra used the occasion to invite experts, entrepreneurs, government officials and enthusiasts from the Ghanaian tech sector for a discussion on the role of young entrepreneurs in bridging the digital divide.

Former country lead for Google in West Africa and current West African Regional Manager for CSquared, Ms. Estelle Akofio-Sowah gave the keynote speech, where she argued that connecting the unconnected and increasing technical skills of Ghanaians holds a huge potential for contributing to growth and prosperity, and called on government to declare ICT as Critical Infrastructure.

The founders of the fintech company Bezomoney, which is a savings platform, pitched how their platform is addressing the digital divide. By offering a way to organize ‘Susu’, – a traditional form of group saving – as well as a way to create a savings and credit history, Bezomoney seeks to help people gain access to finance.
 
Meeting young entrepreneurs
Between meetings in the packed three-day program, there was time for a visit to MEST – an entrepreneurial training program, seed fund and incubator for African software developers. The Tech Ambassador held discussions on a wide range of digital topics and was impressed with the drive of the entrepreneurs to be part of creating a flourishing tech ecosystem in Ghana.

On the program were also site visits to Bluetown, a DK Danish Company providing connectivity in Ghana, and Zipline, who delivers blood and vaccines by drones.

 



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