GHANA’S PROGRESS DEPENDS ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE – Joe Anokye

Mr. Joe Anokye, the Director General of the National Communication Authority, has predicted that Ghana stands the chance of doing better when greater awareness is created of artificial intelligence.

He disclosed this during the celebration of this year’s ITU World Telecommunications and Information Society Day held in Accra under the theme; “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Social Good”.

World Telecommunication Day has been celebrated annually on 17 May since 1969, marking the founding of ITU and the signing of the first International Telegraph Convention in 1865.

The purpose of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is to help raise awareness of the possibilities that the use of the Internet and other information and Communication technologies can bring to societies and economies, as well as of ways to bridge the digital divide.

According to Mr. Joe Anokye, technology has changed and continues to change the world at a speed increasing by the every tick of the clock.

He noted that AI for Social Good encapsulates a lot and with the needed commitment and regulation, lives would be enhanced when the full potential of AI is cautiously deployed towards meeting the challenges the time.

According to him, what may take the human mind years to sort out may take a computer system with the appropriate software a few minutes to accomplish.

“AI has come to stay as a useful complement to human intelligence in meeting our daily demands,” he stated.

The Minister of Communications, Hon. Ursula Owusu in a statement read on her behalf described AI as a highly complex technology that allows computers to function like the human brain.

Government, Industry and the Civil Society globally, are considering how AI will affect the future positively and that Ghana is no exception to the vision.

The ITU, she mentioned, is encouraging membership of the Union to focus on the potential of Artificial Intelligence to accelerate the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

“In order to create a positive enabling environment for the use of Artificial intelligence in Ghana, priority must be to build a solid ICT infrastructure so that AI can be developed and used seamlessly.”

“Government has invested heavily in fibre infrastructure nationwide with complimentary private sector investment in providing redundancy and adequate capacity in the in-country fibre infrastructure to facilitate the provision of value added service for our people,”

AI, she mentioned, can be utillized to enhance health delivery, aid the Agriculture sector, assist in some of the administrative activities in the area of education etc.

Government, the Minister indicated, will collaborate with the Private Sector to develop various initiatives through which AI can be used to ease life for the people and fasttrack development.

A message from the ITU Secretary General, Mr. Houlin Zha, read by Board Chairman of the National Communications Authority indicated that AI is now taking center stage with a lot of impact on people’s lives.

By William Sarpong

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