The Ghanaian government has received a USD3.8 million grant for the development of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) projects from the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank, local news agency Modern Ghana reports. The funding complements a previous USD5 million subsidy provided by the World Bank under the ‘eGhana Project’ and forms part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s ‘Digital Jobs Africa’ initiative launched in 2013.
Following the award, the government plans to establish a new mini ICT Park in central Accra, which expected to be completed by August 2014. Ghana’s Minister of Communications Edward Omane Boamah commented: ‘We were pleased that the Rockefeller Foundation shared our vision [regarding] Ghana’s ICT potential. Not only can we transform the ICT sector, making Ghana internationally competitive, we can provide opportunities for hundreds of disadvantaged young people who have the skills and drive to work in the digital economy, but are only lacking the access and opportunity.’