Africa: The government is committed to the strategic plans of the African Telecommunications Union

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Minister of Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, reiterated Ghana’s commitment to the African Telecommunication Union (ATU) strategic plans.

The Minister said this when she led a Ghanaian delegation to attend the African Telecommunications Union Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 (CLP-22) in Algiers, Algeria.

She said Ghana had shown commitment to the ATU when it hosted and participated in the African Preparatory Meetings for the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly 2020 (WTSA-20) and the Preparatory Meetings for the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) for WTDC-21 as well as the International Telecommunications Satellite General Assembly of Parties Organization (ITSO) in 2022.

She added that the country had sponsored at least three experts to participate in the ITU study groups in the three sectors as well as the ATU working groups.

Emphasizing Ghana’s willingness for collaborations, Ms. Owusu-Ekuful noted that Ghana remains available to host and support ATU activities and events over the next four years.

“Indeed, we invite Member States to internships, benchmarking and capacity building visits on our ITU collaborative programs on cybersecurity, quality of service, conformity assessment and interoperability, spectrum management and monitoring, digital literacy skills development, innovation incubation and data marketplace among many others.”

In addition to this, Ms. Owusu-Ekuful said Ghana has enhanced the Girls-in-ICT and Rural Telephony and digital inclusion programs as an additional commitment to the ATU strategic plan.

“This year, Ghana has connected over 2.3 million people and will extend coverage to 6 million rural unconnected populations by 2023 through our rural telephony and digital inclusion program. We have expanded our program annual Girls in ICT from 1,000 girls to 5,000 more in secondary and tertiary institutions,” she noted.

She therefore called for the support of African countries for Ghana’s candidacy for re-election to the ITU Council and the election of Engineer Edmund Yirenkyi Fianko to the Region D Radio Regulations Board at the Conference. of Plenipotentiaries of ITU 2022 to be held in Bucharest in September. -October of this year.

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