The Vice President, John Mahama has said Forum Network Limited�s audio conferencing service needs to be developed and integrated into the national platform to enhance business growth in both public and private sectors of the economy.
�The platform can be integrated into the national system, and should be accepted by the business sectors to help institutions in both the public and private sectors to maximise the benefits of interactions conducted to help cut cost and time used by businesses in travelling to meetings,� said the Mr. Mahama in an audio press conference.
Mr. Mahama was speaking to over 50 journalists on the platform hosted by Forum Network Limited, developers of the facility, as part of the official launch in Accra.
Audio conferencing is a technological system that allows many people to be joined together on a mobile phone call to talk, listen and exchange ideas. It can allow up to 1,000 participants to share slides and presentations through a free screen-sharing service. It also allows participants to call into church meetings and listen to preaching live, or into conference, press conference and part take in discussions.
Mr. Kwesi Amoafo-Yeboah, Chairman of the Forum Network Limited, at the launch said: �Audio conferencing among other things allows people in remote locations to interactively collaborate and work more effectively and efficiently without the need to be face-to-face,�
He said with forum audio conferencing, business colleagues located in remote areas could get together and work on projects and assignments without moving from where they were. Mr. Amoafo-Yeboah said forum audio conferencing could be applied in the areas of business, governance, politics, education and religion.
�In education, our phones have become classrooms for distance-learning, remedial classes and other knowledge services. Student leaders located in various parts of the country can now get together as often as they want without moving from their respective locations.
�We feel this is a good time for this kind of solution in the country because it is providing the opportunity for business, family, religious and social meetings to be done electronically at very affordable rates from the comfort of their homes and offices,� he stated.
Samuel Menyah Asah-Kissiedu, the Product Manager for Forum Network, said people can access the service by visiting www.forum.com.gh or by sending forumgh, your name, your email address to short code 1945 and get a special MTN phone number and access code that members of one�s group can use to participate in audio conferences.
He cited that apart from the normal call rates, there are no hidden charges for using the service.
�The service is not the exclusive preserve of the elite or for corporate Ghana, but for small trade groups like drivers� groups, spare-parts dealers, market women associations, farmers groups, fishermen�s associations and many more, plus families and even professional groups and religious organisations,� Asah-Kissiedu remarked.
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