The World Bank has officially pledged its support to Ghana in its effort to transform the economic and social sectors with digital technology.
Hafez Ghanem, the Vice President of the World Bank, met with Mahamudu Bawumia, the Vice President of Ghana, and invited the Ghanaian government to increase its investment in infrastructure.
The move is to allow them to extend their internet penetration rate, modernize the competitive regulatory rate, modernize the competition regulatory framework, reduce service costs and boost public institutions’ capacities.
The objective is to assure the competent and effective use of digital media in public institutions.
“Using technology today to improve the quality of education is something that is happening all over the world. Even with the quality of healthcare, using digital technology is important. It is really a big area that we would like to support and work with you on,” said Hafez Ghanem.
The World Bank’s agenda is part of a broader strategy for the digital transformation of Africa, for which the World Bank, the African Union and the UNECA have cooperated.
Since 2015, Ghana has accelerated the digitalization of its strategic sectors for socio-economic development. The recent launch of the E-justice platform is a big part of that push for digitization in government sectors.
The e-payment interoperability launched last year was to create better financial inclusion. There are also numerous projects to introduce high broadband in schools and hospitals.