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10.08.2019 Feature Article

Should Ghana Collaborate With Estonia To Speed Up Our E-Governance Initiative In Cost-Effective Fashion?

Should Ghana Collaborate With Estonia To Speed Up Our E-Governance Initiative In Cost-Effective Fashion?
AUG 10, 2019 FEATURE ARTICLE

One has often wondered why Ghana has not made our relationship with Estonia - such as it is - a top foreign policy objective. Estonia, after all, is a global leader in e-governance - and our country can gain a lot from collaborating with its enlightened leadership, in the quest to digitised our system.

In the drive to enable Ghana grow and expand its e-governance ecosystem, the possibility of our country being ripped off by commercial partnerships formed between the high-level rent-seeking cabals in our system, and the unethical executives of foreign tech companies, should never be discounted. A classic example is the U. S.$72 millions spent on what eventually turned out to be useless software for the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT).

To avoid any such future-rip-offs, one recommends that those in charge of Ghana's e-governance digitisation initiative, quickly arrange to send a delegation - of the brightest and best from across the political spectrum - from the younger generation of our nation's tech world, to visit the e-Estonia Briefing Centre, in Talin, the Estonian capital. To qoute content from their webpage:

"We work closely with our public and private sector partners for tailored briefings to suit each visiting delegation.

Visitors are given an inspirational introduction to what makes the digital society, from electronic ID to data privacy, cyber security, autonomous transport and much more. We show you what is needed to accelerate digitizing, from policy making to overcoming challenges, and introduce you to the Estonian IT industry." End of qouted content from the e-Estonia Briefing Centre's webpage.

Finally, to use an apt Ghanaian pidgin English phrase: "Over to you, Joe Lartey!" One hopes that those in charge of Ghana's e-governance initiative, will prioritise networking with those running the world's leading digital society, and collaborate with the innovative state officials in charge of the human race's foremost global e-governance superpower, Estonia.

Kofi Thompson
Kofi Thompson, © 2019

This author has authored 331 publications on Modern Ghana. Author column: KofiThompson

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