$56.2 Million Disbursed So Far for E-Ghana Project [Global Data Point]
(Global Data Point Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) The World Bank has so far disbursed $56.2million out of the $84.7million funding for the Government of Ghana to implement the e-Ghana project.
A senior official of Africa Region Strategic Communications at World Bank Ghana Office, Kennedy Fosu disclosed.
The objective of the project, he said; "is to assist the recipient (Ghana) to generate growth and employment by leveraging ICT and public-private partnerships to develop the IT Enabled Services industry, and contribute to improved efficiency and transparency of selected government functions through e-government applications".
The project, being implemented by the Ministry of Communications, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has components including e-government and e-Ghana Additional Financing Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (GIFMIS).
According to him, full implementation support mission was carried out for the GIFMIS sub-component in May, this year, while the partial review of the core activities was carried out recently.
Progress towards achievement of the Progress Development Objective (PDO) of the project continues to be Satisfactory. A more detailed Implementation support mission is planned for the core activities in September 2013, Fosu said.
For the e-Ghana core activities, he explained that the combined impact of local and international investment promotion activities by the ITES Secretariat, as well and continued outreach by the GASSCOM, had resulted in registration and sustained membership of 46 ICT SMEs in the Association - from five in 2006, and establishment of several International Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companies in Ghana.
There has been an increase in the number of jobs from 2200 to about 8900. Additional key developments include: a major call center operator (Teletech) which has increased seats from 300 to 500.
An ICT expert, Kofi Agyemang noted: "The continuous reduction in the price of wholesale bandwidth over the last five years from US$5,000 permbps per month to US$750 per mbps per month (and continuing to fall), coupled with increased redundancy resulting from multiple submarine cables, is also making the BPO industry more competitive and attractive".
Further reductions in bandwidth prices and the completion of the construction of the BPO Center will go a long way to making Ghana a destination of choice for both domestic and international BPO/ITES business, he stated.
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