Stakeholders in the technological and business spaces have expressed some disquiet about the quality of internet services and connectivity provided by telecommunication companies operating in the Upper East Region.
The situation has become a source of worry for many as accessing information on the internet is almost impossible in some parts of the region.
These concerns were contained in a policy brief document compiled after a stakeholders’ meeting held at the Dansyn Innovation Social Organisation (Dansyn ISO) in Bolgatanga; the Upper East Regional Capital.
The meeting focused on “the Role of E-Commerce in Transforming Local Economy for Job Creation and Economic Development.”
“The internet services or connectivity provided by the telecommunication companies within the Upper East Region are poor. This has served as a challenge to digitizing e-commerce and other technology-related activities that are heavily dependent on the internet.”
The policy document, made public by the Programmes Manager at Dansyn Innovations Social Organisation (ISO), Stephen Maldima Tobigah also touched on the technological skill development of the youth within the region.
|Most young people within the Upper East region have not had the privilege to access the technological resources that could enhance their skill development in relation to E-Commerce. This has negatively affected their technical and technological know-how which as a result has hindered the potential impact of Electronic Commerce/Businesses among the youth in the region.”
The document continued to talk about young people’s inability to take full advantage of technology in setting up viable business ventures.
“The uniqueness of one’s intellect/business/property is of utmost importance no matter what. If one is to sell more in the field of technology then one should be known for one particular goal to be achieved. The youth but a few are ignorant of this knowledge hence setting up a business venture fails to include the uniqueness of a startup. This is as a result of a lack of education to brand themselves.”
As part of the Pathways to Sustainable Employment, Ghana Tech Lab in partnership with Dansyn Innovation Social Organization organized a stakeholder gathering to collate ideas on the potential and the role of web development technology in the local digital economy and also how it propels youth employment in our community. This engagement was pivotal to delivering a policy document that would feed into the development of a well-structured and informed curriculum and ultimately, a roadmap for achieving a local digital economy through web application technology in Ghana.
The meeting brought key stakeholders together to outline the skills gap, challenges, opportunities, strategies and policies for transforming the local economy to achieve sustainable development through digital skills and entrepreneurship within the Upper East Region and beyond.
Dansyn Innovation Social Organization (Dansyn ISO) is a technological hub which is aimed at supporting youth and women entrepreneurship with digital skills in the Upper East Region and beyond. The aim of Dansyn ISO is to give attention to the youth and women businesses that cannot procure training and business development support services but need support to grow.