The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) is to lead the country into the fourth industrial revolution to ensure that the potential of emerging technologies
are fully harnessed for the country’s development .
The fourth industrial revolution is growing out of the third industrial revolution, also known as the digital revolution, but it is considered a new era rather than a continuation of the third because of the explosiveness of its development and the disruptiveness of its technologies.
The third industrial revolution involved the development of computers and Information Technology (IT) since the middle of the 20th century.
The Director General of the GSA, Prof. Alex Dodoo, told the Graphic Business in Accra on October 17, that the authority had started engaging technical universities on how to
eat the beginning of a new industrial revolution that will not only fundamentally transform most industries and businesses but will also have a wide-reaching impact on our careers.
“And that is where our technical universities have to come in and throw away all that they know because the world has moved on,” he said.
He said the GSA had taken up the mandate to lead this revolution because historically, technology had been a major driver of human advancement and Ghana must take advantage of disruptive technologies to rapidly transform the country.
“GSA wants to announce to Ghana that we are aware of and we are engaging the world as the leaders for and on behalf of Ghana for the fourth industrial revolution,” he said.
Prof. Dodoo was speaking to the paper after the GSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with M-TechX Inc, Japanese Nano Technology Company to begin the production of
With the MoU signed, M-TechX Inc is expected to establish a processing plant in the country to produce
Under the current arrangement, the company would partner local waste management companies to collect plastic waste generated from households and markets as raw material for the production of the
This means the menace of plastic waste, which has become erratic, will soon be
Speaking on the impact of the technology, Prof. Dodoo said the production of
“It will also replace the use of sand to put out fires at gas stations as has been the arrangement,” he added.
Prof. Dodoo explained that M-TEchX was currently seeking certification and testing of its products to begin commercial production in March next year.
Real industrial revolution
The President of M-TEchX,
“We at M-TechX Inc think our decision to establish a plant for the production of nano
He explained that the company had built expertise through in-depth research into
He said the company decided to invest in and use Ghana as a hub to enter other markets in Africa due to the country’s political and economic stability.
“The objective of M-TEchX is to