The 2nd edition of Africa Mobile and ICT Expo (Mobex) commenced at the Accra International Conference Centre on 7th June 2016. The three-day program was dubbed, “Digital Economy; Untapped Resource for Accelerated Economic Growth”. The Africa Mobile and ICT Expo, MOBEX is an event organized annually to assemble all captains, investors, and enthusiasts of the ICT industry to create the platform to learn all about what it takes to transform business into a digital future through the conferences, masterclasses and products and services exhibition.
The President of the Republic of Ghana, Mr. John Dramani Mahama, who was the guest of honor officially opened the event.
The convener of the program, Mr. George Spencer Quaye, in his opening speech, expressed his gratitude to the president for accepting his invitation to grace the program as the special guest of honor.
He spoke about how technology and innovation have been the most potent tools in the 21st century in accelerating global economic growth and human development all over the world.
“The world today is driven by great innovative technological disruptors. In this digital electronic age of the internet, we are being translated in the form of information moving towards the technological extension of consciousness. Economists today are bracing themselves for a wave of disruption, presenting multiple opportunities and new growth for development. There is an ongoing transformation of the global economy powered by the new economy phenomenon which is changing how we interact, affecting human relations and disrupting businesses,” Mr. Quaye added.
In delivering his inaugural speech, the President of Ghana expressed his belief in the potential of the Ghanaian to achieve success and reach the top. “Already, there are several Ghanaians who have reached the top and are excelling and recognized. Even more important are those in our villages and towns, who are just about emerging into prominence riding on the back of the digital revolution. There is, however, a price to pay to climb to the top. It is a long laborious journey. Being successful and getting to the top demands a high level of personal sacrifice, character, integrity, passion, conviction, courage, competence, and consistency,” he added.
After delivering his speech, the President cut the tape for the official opening of the exhibition.
This was immediately followed by the Thought leadership conference. It was a panel discussion on “The Digital Economy Policy Framework”.
One of the panelists for the discussion was Mr. Ken Ansah, who is the CEO of Knet, a leading internet service provider (ISP) with customer-focused business telecommunication solutions for businesses in sub-Saharan Africa.
During his opening speech, Mr. Ansah outlined the aim of Knet, which is to drive innovation. He expressed the belief that, for the business market to open up and grow, it must be driven by innovation and guided by regulation. He boasted of the ISP’s DTH (direct to home) platform, which is an innovation of Knet that has provided over 35 to 40 television channels that have led to the growth of the Kumawood movie industry. This is as a result of their movies being viewed across several television channels.
Mr. Ansah also spoke about how this innovation has led to the emergence of television digital boxes.
He expressed the hope that policy and regulation will further what innovation is developing and not kill it.
Report By: Desmond “Pappy” Tawiah, threesixtyGh Writer
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