Proposed ICT Master Plan Commissioned

The Minister for Communication, Hon, Haruna Iddrisu, has commissioned a Master Plan, Draft Drawings and Designs for a proposed Information Communication Technology (ICT) Park in Accra, yesterday. Addressing participants and stakeholders in a workshop to review the master plan, the Minister disclosed an amount of $10milion allocated for the construction of the proposed Tema Multipurpose Industrial Park. The ICT Park is one of the several initiatives which have been implemented by the government of Ghana under the enabling environment and the ICT development for the take-off of a knowledge-based economy. The project, which is under the auspices of the Ministry of Communications (MOC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) project supported by the World Bank, will stimulate ICT start-ups and promote growth of technology and knowledge-based businesses in Ghana. Hon. Iddrisu stated that ICT parks worldwide play a critical role as intermediaries that support knowledge-based economies and nurture innovation as well as market-focused technological development. It is for the application of these virtues that the government took the decision to initiate the development of an ICT park. A presentation by the Director of RKD Architects, Geert Douterlungne, revealed that the location of the 20 hectares of land allocated for the project is well connected to international fiber network which has secured access to power. “About 7,300 job opportunities will be created after the completion of the project”, he stated. In addition, it will also serve as learning and training environment for over 200 people at a time. The Director expressed the view that the vision of the project is also to create space for shops, banks, restaurants, staff facilities, meeting rooms and car parks to attract high quality businesses. The Ireland Consultants (RKD Architects) disclosed that the first phase of the project, when commenced, will be completed within 15 months and will be the first of its kind in the West African region.