The Ghana Digital Company Limited (GDCL), incorporated in July 2017, was established by the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Communications to position Ghana as a regional digital hub.
Delivering his inaugural address after being sworn in to the GDCL 9-member Board of Directors on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 in Accra, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP), Minister of Communications and Digitization revealed that GDCL is the lead agency in championing the development and management of technology parks and digital hubs across Ghana to promote economic growth ICT-focused.
It also provides world-class infrastructure and the enabling environment to attract and retain ICT and IT-based business process outsourcing companies to promote entrepreneurship and digital job creation for accelerated growth. .
The Minister also indicated that the GDCL encourages innovation and entrepreneurship by providing platforms for business incubation, business acceleration as well as digital research and development programs and by providing access relevant ICT solutions for various sectors of the economy to meet Ghana’s rapid growth. -the evolution of ICT needs, thanks to a partnership with the private sector.
It also offers hands-on digital skills training in partnership with the public and private sectors, she said.
“Over the past five years, GDCL has performed honorablely. From its flagship office, Accra Digital Centre, the company has helped train over fifteen thousand (15,000) young people in various skills development courses, supported over two hundred (200) businesses and established over five thousand (5,000) jobs.
The company has also achieved 100% occupancy by providing office space in its affordable real estate and can boast brand associations with institutions such as World Vision International, MTN Ayo Micro Insurance, VFS Premium Passport Application Center, Docupro Limited, Government of Ghana’s Info 311 service, Innovaré Limitée, etc.
It is refreshing to note that as the company prepares to celebrate its fifth (5th) year of establishment, it is poised to expand its physical infrastructure beyond the capital i.e. say Accra, in other parts of the country with the commissioning of four Regional Innovation Centers to start with and more to follow.
I am aware of the steps the company is taking to expand its Accra office as it continues to seek strategic partnerships and funding to meet the growing demand for affordable primed real estate in the industry.
I am particularly delighted that the government, through the Ghana Cares “Obaatanpa” program, intends to replicate the Accra digital center model in other regions by developing infrastructure to meet the demand challenge. growing number of real estate installations by digital S&M companies.
Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, further stated, “Your immediate task as Chairperson and Board Members will therefore be to oversee the successful operationalization of Regional Innovation Centers (RICs) across the country to promote digital innovation and giving GDCL national reach in the process.
You take up your duties at a time when Ghana Digital Centers Limited is still facing challenges heightened by the Covid 19 pandemic, efforts to address key issues such as infrastructure expansion and sustainable funding for projects and programs are very relevant.
Once again, the GIFEC Administrator has been given the added burden of chairing your Board of Directors for good reason. GIFEC support and synergies between these two critical institutions.
I have no doubt in my mind that with the diversity of backgrounds, skills and expertise of the personalities represented on GDCL’s Board of Directors, these challenges would be met head on. I therefore charge you to devise and accelerate sound policies and strategies with the leadership team to enable GDCL to deliver on its mandate. »
She however congratulated and assured the Board and Management of GDCL of the support of the MOCD in discharging their responsibilities.
In her welcome note, the Chief Director of the Ministry of Communications and Digitization, Ms. Magdalene Apenteng, noted that the Ghana Digital Centers Limited, operating as Accra Digital Centre, is a strategic institution that has been set up place to fill a gap. in the digital ecosystem. “And I have to say it lived up to expectations,” she said.
“This speaks to the immense role played by the previous board in providing much-needed strategic direction to the business as contemplated by good corporate governance practices.
Boards of directors therefore have an essential role, which is to provide a first layer of strategic management for these institutions.
As the previous Board of Directors was instrumental in the progress of the Society, we expect new members to be sworn in by the Hon. The Minister will continue where the previous advice left off,” Ms. Apenteng stressed.
The council, chaired by Mr. Prince Ofosu-Sefa, comprises Mr. Ernest Kumi, Mr. Kojo Amissah, Mr. Aloysius Adjetey, Ms. Sharon Dede Padi, Mr. Kusum Appiah, Ms. Benedicta Fosu-Mensah, Mr. Kwadjo Baah -Agyeman , and Dr. Francis Blay, as members of the Board of Directors.
The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Prince Ofosu-Sefa, pledged that the Board is ready to work to achieve the goals and objectives of the company, to complement the government’s digitization agenda.