The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC), Mr Prince Ofosu Sefah, has advised the youth to take advantage of the digitalisation system in the world of business to acquire skills and knowledge to help boost their businesses to improve on their living standards.
Mr Sefah said in a competitive world where information communication technology (ICT) had become a tool many business persons have adopted, it was necessary for his outfit to train the youth to acquire relevant skills in digitalisation to enable them improve on their businesses.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony for thirty-five youth after three weeks Information Communication Technology capacity building and skills development training, the CEO observed that the programme would enhance livelihoods and increase the adoption of digitalisation in the country.
He said GIFEC had been at the forefront of implementing the Digital Transformation Centres project with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Norwegian Development Corporation (GIZ) sponsoring the programme to benefit 20,000 Ghanaians from 2020 to 2023.
Mr Sefah explained that the programme, which is aimed at bridging the digital gap between the rural and urban areas, considered the training of more women at the various training centres across the country, to ensure gender balance in skills training in digitalisation programme.
According to the CEO, the programme, which would come to an end at the close of the year, 2023, had trained 4,000 Ghanaians in digitalisation and many of the beneficiaries of the GIFEC training programmes have used the skills and knowledge acquired to promote their businesses.
The National Project Officer of the International Telecommunication Union, Mr Alex Boamah said his outfit, in collaboration with the Norwegian Development Corporation and GIFEC, would train 17, 200 Ghanaian youth to acquire basic skills in information communication technology (ICT) to facilitate rapid entrepreneurship in the country.
Mr Boamah stressed the need for the beneficiaries to use the skills acquired to help in addressing the basic problems in their respective communities. This, he noted, would ensure that they also train others to acquire the skills to enable them use digitalisation to market their businesses.
The Ho Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Divine R.K Bosson, noted that digital technology was very significant in ensuring rapid development of the country and lauded the training programme embarked upon by GIFEC, which had so far trained thousands of the youth to acquire relevant skills and knowledge over the years.
Mr Bosson said the 21st century digital technology was carefully designed to address the needs of the youth.
The MCE asked the beneficiaries of the training programme to use the skills and knowledge acquired to improve on their business activities and cautioned them against using their newly acquired skills to defraud people for their selfish interest.
The Chief of Ho –Axoe and a Senior Divisional chief of Asogli traditional area, Togbe Kasa II commended government through GIFEC for the execution of the programme and urged the beneficiaries to effectively put their skills to productive use to ensure value for money.