The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Ing. Dr. Kenneth Ashigbey has called on businesses across the continent to leverage existing tech-based and digital services and solutions tap the enormous opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
Speaking at the Africa Technovate Awards in Accra, he said: “Digitisation and digitalisation under AfCFTA will facilitate the flow of goods, ideas and capital as well as bolster innovation in the public and private sectors of Africa.
As Africa advances regional trade links under the single continental market, increased competition will call for customer-centric, speed to market and innovative solutions to addressing conventional problems, he added.
The Africa Technovate Awards is a unique initiative of AIDEC to contribute to the development and uplifting of technology and digitization across Africa.
The broader aim of the awards is motivate and challenge technology and innovation companies that are driving digital solutions development and those adapting them to business.
This year’s edition was held on the theme “Information technology and the way forward for Africa under the fourth industrial revolution”.
GIZ’s Country Director for Ghana, Regina Baueroschse Barbosa, in her goodwill remarks, reiterated the significance of digital transformation as a lever for integrated sustainable and inclusive development.
“It [digitisation] address the untapped potential of millions of offline and unbanked inhabitants whilst considering risks arising from an existing and growing digital, income and gender gap; particularly, the digitisation of micro, small and medium enterprises bears huge potential for growth and employment,” she noted.
About 17 tech firms offering innovative digital solutions and services across all spheres of the economy received various recognitions for their immense role in building a robust and resilient digital ecosystem.
Award winners included: Esoko (Digital Agric Business of the Year); Hubtel (Fintech Company of the Year); BIMA (Tech Insurance Company of the Year); Msoft Ghana Limited (Tech Startup Company of the Year); and DreamOval (Ambitious Tech Company of the Year).
Hanergy Global Ghana Ltd won the “Digital Excellence Award” whilst that for “Outstanding Entrepreneur of the Decade” went to Alex Bram, CEO of Hubtel. Lifetime Achievers Award went to Prof. Nii Narku Quaynor, Chairman of Ghana Dot Com.