Public-private collaboration in Ghana to foster youth employment in ICTs

A recent article from News Ghana provided insight into the diverse activities that are taking place in the country to promote the investment in better ICT infrastructure, training and employment opportunities for youth. According to the article, the collaboration of the public and private sector (with companies such as Huawei, Microsoft, IBM and Samsung) has made it possible to generate innovation, attract global attention and promote the generation of ICT jobs throughout the country.

Some of the recent investments made by the government to create jobs in ICT for boosting economic development are the creation of a new Business Process Outsourcing Center for generating 10,000 youth digital jobs and the establishment of a National Data Center for hosting information from commercial and non-commercial entities. Additionally, innovation initiatives include M-Labs, I-hubs, Kumasi Business Incubator, regional innovation centers, Community Information Centers and the ICT Park in Tema.

An Eastern Corridor Fiber Optic network is currently in process to improve communication services and full access to connectivity services. As broadband availability increases, preparing youth in ICTs to develop applications and software will be a key factor for addressing some of the main country’s challenges.

Additional Sources: News Ghana