President Nana Akufo-Addo has urged telecommunication giants, MTN Ghana to explore the possibility of putting up a museum to chronicle the evolution of telephony industry.
Speaking at the 25th anniversary launch of the Scancom PLC Company (MTN Ghana) in Accra, the president said “I am challenging MTN to work with the sector ministry and the agency to establish a telecommunications museum to chronicle and showcase our developments and achievements in the sector because we have a story to tell”
The President also urged the mobile service company to invest and also promote start-ups to help to reduce the digital divide.
He also stated that the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation is in the process of establishing a Digital Economic Policy and Strategy that will guide the country’s efforts to leverage digital technology for economic and socio development.
The Minister for Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said government looks forward to continuous support from MTN in policy initiatives such as national roaming, sim registration, rural telephony, girls in ICT among others which will anchor digital opportunities for the Ghanaian youth.
On the regulation of the industry, she stated that government has “we have taken policy decision to strive for a lighter regulatory touch which will spur greater growth and innovation in this digital sector.”
She assured MTN of government’s commitment to provide a favourable incentive and create an enabling environment to grow the fintech and digital ecosystem.
The CEO of MTN, Selorm Adadevoh disclosed that the company has set up a US$25m fund to support government’s digital ecosystem as well as plans to also put up an ICT hub in the country.
Board Chairman of MTN Ghana, Dr.Ishmael Yamson indicated the company’s readiness to partner government in making Ghana a digital hub in Africa.