Ghana’s Communication Minister says all citizens will have Smartphones by 2020

Mrs Owusu-Ekuful said that they are hoping that the smartphones are manufactured locally in order to address issues of unemployment.

Ghana's Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Ghana’s Minister for Communications Mrs Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has said that her office is working with the Finance Ministry to ensure that every citizen gets a smart device by 2020.

“I am working with the minister of finance to make sure that hopefully by 2020 we can put a smartphone in the hands of all citizens in this country, even in our rural communities. It should be possible to manufacture and assemble those devices locally.”

“So I’m using this medium to invite those who are interested in partnering with the government to come. Even though the one district one Factory facility, we can set up computer and devices assembly plants in this country, which will supply not just our country, but the entire sub-region as well. That’s an opportunity right there,” she added.

She was speaking after she donated computers to schools in the Ablekuma West constituency where she is the Member of Parliament (MP).

She explained that this is part of the government’s agenda to build a digital economy.

“This is a national exercise that we are rolling out around the country. Even our persons with disability, blind citizens are also being equipped with computers and special software to be able to use normal computers and not just braille computers.”

“We have started in the universities, we are going to the Akropong School of the blind, we will extend that facility also to other persons with disability,” she added.

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