12th Edition of Tech in Ghana ends in Accra
The 12th edition of Tech in Ghana, a prominent UK-Ghana platform dedicated to strengthening and showcasing Ghana’s thriving tech ecosystem both locally and to the world has ended in Accra.
Organised twice annually in Ghana and London, Tech in Ghana provides a valuable avenue for its burgeoning tech industry to come together, engage in global knowledge exchange, network with industry peers, and showcase innovation.
Since its launch 2017, it has garnered the active involvement of several multinational corporations, decision-makers, investors, fast-growing scale-ups, and founders from the region.
Held on the theme:“Collaboration, Community and Capital,” the conference boasted an impressive lineup of speakers, including representatives from the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, International Trade Centre, Farmerline, British High Commission Accra, US Embassy, Telecel Group, Taptap Send, MTN, GSMA, ECG, Tony Blair Institute, Yellowcard, Blu Penguin, Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, Konzoom, Kola Market, Cointelegraph, Menufinder Africa, Pulse, Google Developers Group, Nubian VR, and many more.
Topics covered included FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech, ClimateTech, Gig Economy, Gaming, Policy, Investment, Entertainment, EdTech, and many more.
Speaking at the event in Accra, the United States (U.S) Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, said digital innovation played a pivotal role in improving Ghana’s fiscal governance and its recovery.
According to her, Ghana’s recent digitalisation drive helped to create a cashless system reducing corruption and revenue leakages across all sectors of the economy.
“The Electricity Company of Ghana’s digitalization drive is helping to create a cashless payment reducing revenue leakages- theft. In March, ECG announced that it increased its monthly revenue by 25 per cent as a result of a huge boom in Ghana’s Economy” she stated.
She revealed that the U.S was preparing to partner with Ghana to support the development of its digital economy and infrastructure citing “the ability to harness technology will remain a key driver for individual, business and societal transformation for years to come”
She commended the Ghanaian government for establishing itself as a hub in Africa for artificial intelligence (AI) and Fintech.
Ms Palmer entreated local tech entrepreneurs to be timely with their service delivery in areas such as competition of arrears payment, which are critical to ensuring Ghana continues to attract the next wave of investment and reinvestment.
Enabling environment for tech
A Communications expert and Founder of Tech in Ghana, Akosua Annobil, said the theme was in the right direction as forging relationships and alliances was the bedrock of every successful business.
She said her outfit was committed to providing the ecosystem with the space to have meaningful discussions that would evolve the tech industry both on a local and a global spectrum.
She underscored the importance of creating an enabling environment for tech to thrive applauding government efforts with an emphasis on Bank of Ghana’s sand box initiative and ECG’s cashless system.
She said as long as there is the willingness to share, learn and create relationships, tech has a huge potential in Ghana.