Typical News of Monday, 7 October 2019
Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu- Ekuful
Mrs Ursula Owusu- Ekuful, Minister of Communications, has reiterated Government’s dedication to winner inclusive access to details and electronic equity.
She stated about the many years primarily, in the past two years, her Ministry experienced set in put guidelines and infrastructure in rural and peri-city spots in purchase to tackle the regional imbalances.
Mrs Owusu- Ekuful built these remarks in a speech go through on her behalf through the commemoration of the 2019 International Day for Universal Entry in Accra.
The party, hosted by the United Nations Instruction, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and supported by the Ministry of Communications, was held beneath the topic: “Access to Facts: Leaving No 1 Behind”.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said the numerous transformative of her Ministry’s programmes was how they were utilizing infrastructure to advance women’s rights and bridge the gender inequality in information and conversation technology (ICT).
She mentioned to bridge this gap, the Ministry, through the Ghana Investment decision Fund for Digital Communications (GIFEC) is implementing the Rural Telephony Project, Clever Community Task, and the Satellite Tv Challenge.
She explained at her Ministry, they have founded the linkage amongst access to details and liberty of expression in their guidelines and programmes.
She claimed they have been doing work in tandem with the Ministry of Information and facts to realise the vision of the President to make certain, the Appropriate to Facts and Flexibility of Expression, main to an open up and available world-wide-web lined-up with government’s initiatives.
“We are witnessing a swift digital transformation of our societies and conscious of the indispensability of digital technologies.”
She reported the unparalleled digital transformation of the new period was major to new forms of inequality.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful explained to combat this, electronic innovation need to go hand in hand with the obligation to adopt and increase laws for public entry to information and facts and investing in pertinent infrastructure to drive sustainable advancement.
Mr Abdourahamane Diallo, UNESCO Representative to Ghana, stated Access to Data (ATI) is staying recognised a lot more and much more as a requisite for sustainable growth.
He explained a recent UNESCO study, applying Sustainable Advancement Aim (SGD) indicator 16.10.2, exposed a require to improve tracking and processing data requests and appeals as perfectly proactive disclosure.
Mr Diallo explained the study also discovered out that oversight and enchantment bodies wanted strengthening as they are the critical parts of ATI legislation enforcement, adding that “UNESCO is fully commited to helping the authorities via the Ministry of Details to fortify these parts.
Madam Nicola Nana Yaa Hodasi, a Political and Financial Advisor at the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, acknowledged critical initiatives taken by the federal government to transfer far more to an open up governing administration these kinds of as the Ghana Open Info Initiative.
She explained there are however some troubles, especially at the district amount, the place info is often saved on paper and entry intended a lengthy system by means of the district assembly, generally dependent on acquiring the appropriate individual at the right time at the appropriate area.
Given that 2016, UNESCO marks 28th September as the “International Day for Common Access to Information” pursuing the adoption of a resolution (38C/70) in 2016 declaring each individual 28 September of each individual year as Global Day for Universal Access to Information and facts (IDUAI).
The IDUAI has certain relevance with Agenda 2030 with precise reference to SDG 12 on financial commitment in rural infrastructure and technology growth, SDG 11 on favourable economic, social and environmental links in between city, peri-city and rural spots and SDG 16 on initiatives to adopt and apply constitutional, statutory and coverage ensures for community ATI.
Infrastructure and technological know-how enhancement are important components in constructing understanding societies as inequalities to obtain information sources, contents and infrastructures forged doubt on the facts society’s worldwide character and, therefore, hamper the development of awareness societies.
UNESCO promotes, by means of the Worldwide Broadband Commission, for accelerating broadband rollout around the world and analyze apps that could see broadband networks increase the delivery of quite a few social services, like training, environmental administration and basic safety.