Senior management members of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), have paid a courtesy call on the CEO and senior management of MTN Ghana, in a bid to deepen relations between the two organisations.
The meeting was also to introduce GIFEC’s new Administrator and Deputy Administrator, as well as discuss ideas on how to improve collaboration between the two organisations.
CEO of MTN Ghana, Mr. Selorm Adadevoh kicked off the meeting with self-introductions by all present, followed by Mr. Prince Sefah, Administrator of GIFEC briefing the meeting about some strategic objectives he has pursued to strengthen GIFEC, since his appointment, to ensure the sustainability and effective delivery of the agency’s core programmes and projects, and ability to meet its increasing mandates.
Prince Sefah highlighted among other things, the pursuit of more strategic partnerships with public and private stakeholders, an effective and sustainable maintenance culture; as well as gathering and utilising more data and analytics about GIFEC’s programmes & projects.
He also mentioned the adoption of technology to better drive GIFEC’s operations, improvement of the Human Resource makeup, and a more effective communication of the work of GIFEC to stakeholders.
The Administrator acknowledged the importance of MTN’s partnership and support to the agency, especially on projects like the flagship Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project (GRT&DIP), and Girls in ICT initiative.
He added that the GRT&DIP, which seeks to build 2,016 communication sites, has so far built 758 sites, with 329 on air. He however, recounted some operational challenges, and called for more support from MTN for the successful implementation of the project.
Selorm Adadevoh agreed on the impactful interventions of GIFEC and how its efforts have been tremendous to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) eco-system, and stressed the imperative for increased collaboration to ensure access and digital inclusion for all.
Adadevoh also pledged MTN’s continued support for activities of GIFEC and the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, and the adoption of advanced solutions, underscoring the company’s moral obligation towards expanding connectivity.
Both parties committed to more stakeholder consultations for the successful execution of the GRT&DIP.
GIFEC was represented by the Administrator, Mr. Prince Ofosu Sefah; the Deputy Administrator, Mrs. Eva Andoh-Poku; the Directors of Administration, Finance and Operations, Mr. Faisal Issahaku Gbanjili, Mr. Henry Agyemang Boateng, Mr. Yahaya Zakaria Osman respectively. Also present was the Corporate Affairs Manager, Sandra Mills.
The MTN Ghana team comprised Mr. Selorm Adadevoh (CEO), Mr. Samuel Koranteng (Special Advisor to the CEO), Mr. William Tetteh (Director, Capital Projects), Mrs. Louisa Sosu (Senior Manager, Network Performance and SLA and GIFEC Board of Trustee), Mr. Thomas Motleper (Chief Technical Officer), Nana Kofi Asare (Ag. Chief, Corporate Services). Also present were Victor Dodoo (Head of Planning) and Angela Adu Ampofo (Manager, Regulatory Affairs).