In partnership with the Ghana Tech Lab, Yison Tech Hub, the Premier Regional Hub in the Upper West Region situated in Wa, has organized a stakeholder consultative engagement to discuss methods to improve the local economy for job development through digital technology.
The purpose of the engagement was to provide a forum for stakeholders to explore the potentials and opportunities, as well as the gaps, difficulties, strategies, and policies, for revamping the local economy through mobile apps.
Addressing the meeting, Mr Issahaque Serikpera Naa, CEO of Yison Tech Hub, said the mobile application has evolved into a vehicle for economic transformation in a world of technological growth.
The event, titled "The Role of Mobile Applications in Transforming the Local Economy for Job Creation and Economic Development," brought together business and public sector professionals.
Mr. Serikpera Naa stated that the results of the engagement would be used to create a policy document that would be incorporated into a well-structured and informed curriculum for the company's training activities.
“It will assist us in developing a road plan for the Upper West Region to achieve a sustainable local digital economy through mobile application transformation.
“The use of mobile application technology can drive innovation, economic growth and jobs creation in many key sectors such as finance, health, education, transport, agriculture, arts and culture of the economy and allows for greater interconnection of markets within the country and the rest of the world”, he said
In a speech read on his behalf, Dr. Hafiz Bin Salih, the Upper West Regional Minister, praised Yison Tech Hub for the initiative and said it will assist create jobs for the region's teeming youth in the IT sector, given the limited job prospects in the public sector.
“The youth need to be introduced to coding at an early stage in life and our schools should take the lead in that. The Ghana Education Service has to revisit its curricula to introduce ICT as a subject, which has exposed most pupils to Information Technology.”