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ITU and Norway launch partnership to support Digital Transformation Centres Initiative

New partnership will boost digital skills training for underserved communities in Ghana

CAPTION: Participants in Papua New Guinea learning how to use video conferencing tools ahead of a Digital Transformation Centre training. Photo credit: ITU
CAPTION: Participants in Papua New Guinea learning how to use video conferencing tools ahead of a Digital Transformation Centre training. Photo credit: ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Norwegian Government and the Government of Ghana will sign agreements to support the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) Initiative in Ghana. 

The new partnership with Norway will scale up and strengthen digital skills training for underserved communities in Ghana, in collaboration with Cisco and the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC). It will provide around 14,000 citizens with job-ready digital skills, in particular women entrepreneurs, pupils, teachers and marginalized groups, through 200 centres across the country. 

Launched by ITU in partnership with Cisco and its Country Digital Acceleration Program and Cisco Networking Academy in 2019, the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) Initiative is operational in nine countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. Its main goal is to support countries to equip people with the skills needed to effectively participate in today’s digital society and economy. 

WHAT: Official launch of the ITU-Norway partnership on the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) Initiative in Ghana  

WHEN: Thursday, 12 November, 10:30 – 11:30 CET (9:30 – 10:30 Ghana time)    

WHERE: Virtual press conference

WHY: To scale up and strengthen the ongoing digital skills training for underserved communities in Ghana delivered as part of the Digital Transformation Centres (DTC) Initiative

WHO:

Moderator:            

  • Ms. Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Director of the ITU Telecommunication Development Bureau

High-level remarks:

  • Mr. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union
  • His Excellency, Mr. Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development of Norway
  • Ms. Wendy Mars, President of Cisco’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Russia region
  • Her Excellency, Ms. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications of Ghana

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