From Gold Coast to Tech Coast

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Centuries ago, Ghana was tagged the gold coast of the world by our colonizers and exploiters. After years of failing to cause a huge revolutionary change in our country’s development amidst our numerous
natural resources, there has come a time for us to change this narrative.

Today, creativity, innovation, digitization and machine/artificial intelligence have become the currencies of the modern economy. On that account, Ghana must begin to purposely invest in the tools, talents, technologies and tactics of building a solid digital economy.

We must willfully transition from being just consumers of technology to being creators of ground breaking technology and innovation. All stakeholders need to begin focusing our resources on boosting the intellectual, economic, and exposural resources in the country to make this a reality.

We must set a national digital or innovation agenda and guard it jealously, devoid of political sentiments and
biases. This year 2019 marking The Year of Return, we must synthesize and form a symbiotic link between Ghanaians in the Diaspora and those at home.

Ghana is not short of great minds and geniuses in the tech space both home and abroad but sadly, our socio-economic environment tends to be a ‘dream killer’ rather than a ‘dream booster’. There is too much bureaucracy and inadequate support systems that serve as roadblocks to progress, especially for young entrepreneurs who want to change the status quo.

Nonetheless, Ghana’s tech ecosystem is exponentially growing over the past few years since the global tech and entrepreneurship buzz. Several young startups are making great strides in the fields of Agri-tech, EdTech, Enterprise Solutions, Cyber-security, Virtual Reality, Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence among others.

In light of this, we must harness all these talents and skill sets in one comprehensive agenda to forklift the country and position Ghana as the Tech Coast of not just Sub Saharan Africa but the world at large.

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