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08.04.2021 Technology

GCT holds virtual launch for 2021 Mobile Technology for Development Conference

GCT holds virtual launch for 2021 Mobile Technology for Development Conference
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The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications (GCT) on Wednesday, April 7, 2021, held a virtual launch for this year’s Mobile Technology for Development Conference.

The GTC and the Financial Inclusion Forum Africa (FIF Africa), are organizing the second edition of the Mobile Technology for Development Conference (MT4D) 2021 on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st April 2021.

The MT4D maiden conference, which was launched in 2020 by the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, brought together stakeholders within the financial, technology, and development sector in Ghana to deliberate, exhibit solutions, and take stock of innovations within the digital financial ecosystem and was a huge success.

This year’s edition would be organized in a virtual environment with the theme "The Rise of Africa: Promoting Africa’s Sustainable Digital Ecosystem."

The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana is expected to launch this year’s edition with key partners being the Bank of Ghana, Ghana Interbank Payment and Settlement Systems, and other Regulatory and Governmental Agencies.

Speaking at the media launch, CEO of the Telecoms Chamber Dr. Ing. Kenneth Ashigbey said, MT4D has come to stay. "We are seeking to bring together all stakeholders to chart the course of how to deploy and expand new technologies to bridge the developmental gap."

He added, "remarkably, the 2021 version is going fully virtual not only to deal with the challenges that COVID-19 presents but more importantly to also take advantage of bringing a lot more people into the discussion and make the second edition a pan African event if not a global one.”

Dr. Ashigbey noted, “We are looking forward to working with everyone on this innovative journey and today’s launch marks the start of a countdown to the event date. It is an audacious task ahead of all of us but we are committed to work with you all in making it a huge success.”

On his part, Dr. William Derban, Chair of FIF Africa said the world is changing rapidly, and COVID-19 has hastened the need for Africa to ensure that there is a well-functioning digital ecosystem as more people use digital services. "This year, we build on last year’s theme by focusing on how to build a digital ecosystem that works for us. MT4D 21 being virtual, will allow us to bring experts and decision-makers from across the continent and beyond to share ideas and develop solutions and actions for a greater digital future.”

MT4D will target policymakers, regulators, banks, payment system providers, electronic money issuers, development partners, and more. The programme will engage speakers from across the continent to look at the critical factors that will foster a digital ecosystem in Africa that leaves no one behind.

All updates and enquiries relating to the MT4D Conference will be on the website; and [email protected]

Patrons are being entreated to go to the website and register in advance to reserve a seat at the conference and to be updated on all plans and activities leading up to the event day.