July 25, 2024
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HOPin Academy holds digital ecosystem workshop to gear up for 2023 GDIW

In anticipation of this year’s Ghana Digital Innovation Week (GDIW), slated for November 6th to 8th, a pre-event workshop was held at Mariam Hotel in Tamale.

The GDIW is a nationally celebrated initiative designed to showcase and celebrate milestones in Ghana’s digital innovation ecosystem. It brings together various stakeholders to foster learning, idea sharing, and network creation, ultimately propelling the growth of the country’s digital innovation sector.

Under the theme “Innovate, Collaborate, Elevate: Shaping a Future of Endless Potential,” the workshop was organized in collaboration with GIZ Ghana, Ghana Digital Centers Limited, and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalization.

MacCarthy Mac-Gbathy Executive Director at Hopin Academy, who was speaking at a panel discussion; Digital Inclusion and Innovation in Northern region; the road ahead, emphasized the importance of young men and women embracing the country’s digitalization drive.

He highlighted the significant opportunities and contributions that technology and digitalization offer in building a robust local economy.

According to him, these technological tools can not only address the rising issue of unemployment but also help reduce rural-urban migration.

He urged civil society organizations (CSOs) and the government to organize more digitalization and technology workshops to enlighten young men and women about the vast opportunities in the digital realm.

Hon. Sulley Salifu, the Mayor of Tamale, delivered a speech on behalf of the Regional Minister, Hon. Shani Alhassan Shaibu. He urged stakeholders in the digitalization ecosystem to work together to create an environment that appeals to young people, encouraging them to embrace the digital wave.

He expressed his belief that Tamale could become the digital hub of the country, generating more job opportunities and contributing to a strong local economy.
Mohammed Abu, the Northern Regional Manager at Gifec, emphasized that the key to achieving the digitalization drive lies in digital inclusion.

He stressed the need for concentrated efforts and investment in telecommunications to enhance internet access, as achieving technology and digitalization literacy depends on ready access to the internet across the country.

Dr. Stephen Agbenyo, Executive Director at Savannah Signatures, pointed out during a roundtable discussion that the digitalization drive has not sufficiently accommodated people living with disabilities. He called for a more inclusive approach in carrying out the digitalization drive to ensure that all individuals can contribute.

The Ghana Digitalization Drive, initiated in 2021, aims to leverage the wide array of technology’s opportunities and benefits to build a strong local economy, create job opportunities, and introduce more flexible approaches to doing things.

The collective efforts of stakeholders in the digitalization ecosystem are expected to help Ghana establish itself as a digitalization hub, contributing to a resilient and futuristic economy.

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